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Balloting in Zambo Norte generally peaceful, says 101 Brigade chief

Dipolog City (11 May) -- Col. Roland Amarille, brigade commander of the Philippine Army?s 101st brigade based at Del Pilar, Piņan, Zamboanga del Norte has expressed elation over the successful conduct of the national and local elections in his area of jurisdiction yesterday.

Amarille told the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) that he was too happy that no election-related violence happened in his area of jurisdiction which covers the whole of Misamis Occidental, first and second districts of Zamboanga del Norte and the first district of Zamboanga del Sur.

"We have a very credible election yesterday as the people were able to cast their ballots without fear and according to their conscience," said the brigade commander

Atty. Jossil R. Macute, provincial elections supervisor also gave the same observation. He said the success of the conduct of the first automated elections in the province could be credited to the electorate, the candidates as well as the military and police for helping ensure a peaceful and orderly balloting.

Except for minor glitches in some precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines, the elections proceeded smoothly as scheduled.

Early counts showed that Liberal Party (LP) presidential candidate Benigno C. Aquino Jr. led over his rivals Nacionalista Party candidate Manuel Villar, LAKAS-KAMPI candidate Gilberto Teodoro and Partido ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) candidate Joseph Estrada.

Among the vice presidential candidates, LP?s Manuel A. Roxas appeared to be leading.

Canvassing of votes by the Provincial Board of Canvassers (PBC), however, is still going on.

Zamboanga del Norte together with its twin cities of Dipolog and Dapitan has a total number of registered voters of 592,249 with 954 clustered precincts. (PIA-ZN) [top]

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