First automated election in Ifugao a success - Comelec
by Vency D. Bulayungan
Lagawe, Ifugao (15 May) -- The Commission On Elections (Comelec) here declared the first automated elections a success despite some glitches in some areas here.
Lawyer Jerome Bantiyan of the Comelec said in a radio interview that despite some technical problems incurred by some precincts, the national and local elections held recently was successful. "This will pave the way to a better conduct of elections in the future," Bantiyan said.
Bantiyan mentioned that due to the said malfunctioning of the machine and the memory cards, the proclamation of the provincial winning candidates was suspended as they will have to bring the said machines and CF cards to Manila.
Bantiyan said that the machines in Barangay Camandag in Asipulo and Tinoc malfunctioned which contributed to the delay of the provincial canvassing.
Bantiyan noted the excitement of voters of the just concluded automated elections. After all the doubts and fears of most of the voting population, we can now see a brighter future of our electoral process Bantiyan said.
Meanwhile, Ifugao Provincial Police Director, Director Laurence Mombael of the here as he convened his men from the 11 municipalities here for a simple celebration at the Provincial Police Office (PPO) last May 13, for what he calls a successful and peaceful election.
"This simple gathering is a sort of thanksgiving and a way of thanking my men in the field for doing their job well before, during and after elections," Mombael said. There were no reported cases of violence in the municipalities.
Mombael said that aside from the minor incidents of vote buying and mudslinging, the general situation is peaceful.
On the other hand, PSUPT. Davy Limmong, the Deputy Provincial Director for Operation said that the peaceful situation of the province can also be attributed to the cooperation of stakeholders such as barangay tanods/officials, and the community.
"With our small number, we were able to keep the province peaceful with the help of these concerned sectors and the people themselves," he said. (PIA-Ifugao) [top]