THE scheduled reshuffle of all the 48 election officers in Pangasinan is set to be implemented as soon as final preparations for the May 13 elections are finalized.
Lawyer Alipio Alonzo Castillo III, the new provincial election supervisor of Pangasinan, said this re-assignment is a regular process that happens, similar to an earlier reshuffle of police chiefs in the province.
“We do the re-assignment of our election officers not for the sake of assignment per se but to complement our advocacy of credible and honest elections,” Castillo said.
He added this is not to admit that our election officers have a political color “but to make wholesome the conduct of honest and credible elections and to remove all doubts of the people”.
He also stressed that this does not mean “we don’t trust our men just for the sake of re-assignment, no, but to complement our efforts for credible and honest elections and to remove all doubts”.
He said the holding of an election, wherever it is, and whoever are the officers assigned, remains the same as far as its fundamentals are concerned.
He added that the re-assignment can happen anytime between now and election day.
“We can still reshuffle anytime as the need arises,” he said.
The re-assignment is for the whole election period and they may go back to their original assignment. (PhilStar Wire Service)
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