All systems go for May 9 polls in Zambo. Sur

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By Gideon C. Corgue (FPG/GCC/PIA9-Zamboanga del Sur)

PAGADIAN CITY, May 3 (PIA) – With only a few days left before the May 9 national and local elections, the Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Commission on Elections and Department of Education assured the public that they are ready for the successful conduct of elections in the province.

Top level officials of the PNP, AFP, Comelec and DepEd on Saturday attended the final conference of the joint peace and security coordinating council (JPSCC) presided over by provincial director Senior Superintendent Michael Nicolas at the conference room of Zamboanga del Sur Police Provincial Office, Camp Abelon, Tuburan District here.

Police Senior Superintendent Michael Nicolas, police provincial director, said the JPSCC came up with the best practice to ensure safe, credible and honest elections.

Nicolas encouraged the council to be united saying that the elections are an important event.

“Let us be united in all our actions for this is a very important national event. We want that this endeavor be successful and the voters be heard thru the ballots as they exercise the right of suffrage,” Nicolas urged.

Nicolas said the JPSCC plays “a very critical role in the elections that the international and local communities are watching for.”

Chief Inspector Acer Noah Aniversario, chief of operations, also said the PNP and AFP laid down their security plan to ensure a peaceful, orderly and honest balloting.

Aniversario said the plan includes deployment of personnel and the delivery of vote-counting machines (VCM)to the polling centers.

The JPSCC is providing/assigning two policemen per polling center since the order from the higher headquarters is to implement the ratio of 2:1 meaning, two policemen in one poling center.

Nicolas said the JPSCC is now ready to deliver the VCMs from Ozamis City to the polling centers.

It has been the policy of the Comelec that the electronic voting and counting equipment should be delivered to polling stations days prior to election day and be issued to designated persons using appropriate handover procedures and documentation.