Davao del Sur barangay and SK elections, orderly

Subscribe Now October 25, 2010 at 10:48pm

The conduct of the synchronized Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections in Davao del Sur yesterday has been orderly and manageable, according to the provincial office of the Election Supervisor.

Election Assistant Edgardo Sadili also noted many voters went early to their respective precincts to cast their votes at the polling centers. Meanwhile, the police also reported that the holding of the election in the province was peaceful and manageable in the wake of the heightened security measures since Sunday in towns declared as hotspot areas.

Senior Supt. Ronald dela Rosa, provincial director of Davao del Sur Provincial Police Office in an interview with the local GMA television network disclosed that additional security personnel from the military have been deployed across 77 barangays in four towns of the province.

Dela Rosa named the municipalities of Malita, Kiblawan, Matanao and Sta. Cruz identified as election watchlist areas (EWAS).

The police director said that two police personnel and one to two teams from the military were deployed per hotspot barangay.

In a telephone interview, Sadili told the Philippine Information Agency that the opening of the election started at exactly 7:00 in the morning at 373 polling centers of the province.

He, however, bared that same perennial complaints on lost of voters' names in the list and the difficulty of voters to find their precincts were observed this election.

"Our election people at the barangay level referred the complainants to their respective Comelec offices to trace up their names from the voters' list," Sadili said.

He said the casting of votes ended at 3:00 pm, however, he added that voters within 30 meters of the polling area were still allowed to vote beyond the closing time.

In this election, the Comelec has expected a high turn out of votes at 70 per cent, Sadili informed, attributing the high turn out to the numbers of voters and due to the speedy election process.

He said people in the barangay were already acquainted of each other and of the candidates. "It was easy for them to choose their candidates in this election unlike in the national level elections," Sadili stated.

Around 543,828 registered voters in the province from 337 barangays were expected to cast their votes at 373 polling centers with 1,618 clustered precincts.

About 518,243 voters chose and voted their respective bets from among the 7,820 barangay candidates of which 792 ran for the punong barangay position and 7,028 for the kagawad position.

Some 25,585 young voters cast their votes from among 5,629 candidates at the SK level, with 880 youth vying for the SK chair position and 4,749 contending to get an SK kagawad seat.

The province has a total of 4,854 board of election tellers (BETs), 935 barangay board of election canvassers (BBOCs), 164 supervising officials and 164 support staff who served in the election yesterday covering 14 municipalities and one city.

Sadili said that with the manual counting of votes, it would take some time to wait for the election results. But he said that in small clustered precincts, results would be expected before 9:00 in the morning today.

He added that consolidated results at the provincial level would take a few days to be issued.

Source: pia.gov.ph

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