Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Officials say no election hotspots in GenSan, South Cotabato

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/13 October) – There are no possible hotspots or “areas of immediate concern” so far in this city and nearby South Cotabato province, authorities said as the filing of certificates of candidacy for the May 2016 general elections entered its second day on Tuesday.
Lawyer Jay Gerada, Commission on Elections (Comelec)-South Cotabato supervisor, said this was based on the initial assessment conducted by local police and military units for the five-day poll-related activity.
He said Comelec Region 12 held a regional command conference last week to assess the region’s security situation and set the necessary measures for various election-related activities.
“There were so far no identified areas of immediate concern in South Cotabato,” Gerada said.
Comelec-South Cotabato has jurisdiction over this city, Koronadal City and the province’s 10 municipalities.
But Gerada said they are not leaving any chances in terms of the security measures, especially in election offices.
For the filing of the COCs, which will end on Friday, he said all election offices in the area have detailed police personnel.
He said the deployment, which was ordered by the Police Regional Office 12, is aimed to ensure the “peaceful, smooth and orderly” filing of COCs by local aspirants.
As of Tuesday morning, Gerada said they have not encountered any major problem in line with the filing of the COCs.
“We expect this to continue until the closing of the COC filing on Friday,” he said.
Senior Supt. Jose Briones Jr., South Cotabato police director, said they are currently on full alert and have implemented maximum personnel deployment in the entire province.
He said they are closely watching some localities in the province that are considered as potential “areas of concern.” - From mindanews.com

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