Comelec, PNP: May 14 polls will be peaceful, orderly

IT’S all systems go for an orderly election on May 14 in all polling places in Pangasinan.

This was the assurance made to the public following a final coordination meeting of the joint command conference of the Pangasinan Comelec and its election officers, Pangasinan Police Provincial Office and police chiefs, and Armed Forces of the Philippines in Lingayen.

The province’s election officer, teachers and police chiefs attend the joint command conference for final briefing. (Punchphoto by Nora Dominguez) 

P/Sr. Superintendent Oliver Lee said Pangasinan police will seek to implement the 2:1 ratio, or at least two policemen in each polling precinct of towns and cities that are tagged as election hotspots in the province.

He said a Quick Reaction Team (QRT) from the AFP and PNP will also be deployed in areas of concerns.

Lee said some 405 unregistered firearms from candidates have been seized by the police after he ordered all chiefs of police to recall all unregistered firearms of candidates while nozzles of their licensed firearms were covered with tape for easier accountability in case these are used on election day.

Meanwhile, Provincial Elections Supervisor Marino Salas ordered the PNP personnel to strictly guard access to polling centers and prevent local town/city officials from entering.

He said only designated watchers and teachers who will serve as Board of Election Tellers (BET) and uniformed military men should be allowed entry into the polling centers particularly during the canvassing period.

The police personnel have been directed to assist and escort BETs until the counting and canvassing of votes are over. (Nora Dominguez)

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