Tuesday, May 17, 2016

No untoward incidents during special polls – PNP

Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Ricardo Marquez said on Monday there were no reports of untoward incidents in the Elections Assessment on special elections.

”So far so good. I received the report that the conduct of special elections where concluded without any untoward incident,” Marquez said.

The PNP Chief added that it is easier to deploy forces for a particular area during special elections as compared to the election day where the police force were thinly dispersed in many areas.

“The BEIs (Board of Election Inspectors) were there, the COMELEC officers were there and as I have said, the conduct of special elections was terminated without any further hitches,” he explained.

The Comelec conducted special polls on May 14 in 52 clustered precincts which include 17,657 registered voters.

Prior to this, the PNP has already issued a directive to regional directors of PRO 6,7,8 and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) to ensure peaceful and fair special elections.

He noted that guns which they confiscated during the gun ban will be brought to the crime laboratory for comparative test, ballistic examination to find out if it has been used in past shooting incidents.

He said that concerned officials were directed to oversee the case tracking of all those cases and the firearms as a matter of procedure. (PNA)

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