Elections in Southtern Mindanao adjudged peaceful
Camp Apolinario, Panacan, Davao City (11 May) -- The first automated election held in the country turned out generally peaceful particularly in Southern Mindanao that recorded zero Election Related Violent Incident (ERVI) to the relief of most people particularly election volunteers and security forces.
Davao region and Socsargen (South Cotabato, Sarangani and Gen Santos City) area were among the most peaceful places during the duration of the election as observed by soldiers and volunteers of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) in Southern Mindanao who forged a partnership for Honest Orderly and Peaceful Elections.
Some minor glitches were noted but were minimal compared to the generally successful conduct of election in different polling places throughout the region. The long queue in every polling precinct is the prevalent problem encountered by voters but true to the desire of most people, the long line did not deter them from casting their votes. Some Precinct Count Optical Scan bogged-down due to heat and some Compact Flash Cards malfunctioned but were replaced to the joy of voters.
Hourly updates were provided and exchanged between PPCRV and the Army's 10th Infantry Division (10ID) which made monitoring a lot easier and faster.
Maj. Gen. Carlos Holganza, commander of 10ID was elated and attributed the successful election due to the civilian-soldier partnership. "The peaceful conduct of the election in this part of our country is a good indicator of the future to come. I believe all of us are happy about it and we hope that this good start will prevail all-throughout. The partnership of the people particularly of PPCRV and its volunteers together with our soldiers paid-off as we just had a generally peaceful election." Holganza said.
It may be recalled that a mass celebrated by Davao Bishop Fernando Capalla formally linked the two organizations in pursuit of a peaceful and credible local and national elections.
Last week, soldiers led by Maj. Gen. Holganza and some 2,000 PPCRV volunteers pledged for non-partisanship and to faithfully watch during the election. In that event, Bishop Capalla and Maj. Gen. Holganza discussed ways in making the election in Davao region peaceful and successful.
The election in Southern Mindanao ended successfully as everyone hoped it to be; honest, orderly, peaceful and credible. (PIA) [top]