Comelec sees peaceful elections next year


Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday said it was not expecting any province, even the usually restive Maguindanao, to be placed under its control during next year’s midterm elections.

In an interview with reporters, Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. said the poll body was anticipating a  relatively peaceful election next year, especially in areas previously placed under Comelec control.

The Department of Interior and Local Government has identified 15 provinces as “high risk” areas in the 2013 balloting, but these areas were most likely not going to be placed under the election body’s watch.

These provinces were identified as Abra, Pangasinan, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Cagayan, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Batangas, Cavite, Masbate, Samar, Misamis Occidental, Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur and  Basilan.

In a separate interview, Comelec Commissioner Rene Sarmiento explained that the Comelec would only place a province under its control when there is a “serious armed threat” in the area.

A place can be considered under “serious armed threat” if there is intense political rivalry between or among candidates, political factions or parties, the presence of paramilitary forces, private armies or identifiable armed bands threatening to disrupt the elections, according to Sarmiento.

In such cases, the Comelec shall take immediate and direct control and supervision over all national and local officials and employees while exercising full control and supervision over all national and local law enforcement agencies as well as military officers and men assigned or deployed in the area. Jocelyn R. Uy

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  • EdgarEdgar

    Sixto the white-haired clown has every reason to feel good about himself these days and foresee a peaceful elections next year. After all, Sixto the white-haired clown has successfully kept public attention away from the PCOS machines by entertaining the public with his antics on the partylist disqualifications. With electronic manipulation so easy, Sixto the white-haired clown can pull off an electoral sabotage without violence. Election victory for the administration right at the fingertips of Sixto the white-haired clown.

    • jeffrey_01

      you mean these occurred before during the Arroyo administration?

      • EdgarEdgar

        you mean you’re blaming GMA again for anomalies in Comelec in 2012 and 2013?

  • jeffrey_01

    too early for that statement.

  • Weder-Weder Lang

    Naku po. Si Ka-Siksto talaga. Wag ng mag kunwari. Lam naman natin magkakadayaan sa electronics. Kaya nga di na na-renew ang termino ni Gus Lagman. Mapagpanggap talaga etong si Ka-Siksto.

  • disqusted0fu

    quite possibly… since the PCOS machines will be doing most of the damage

  • Your_King

    That’s what they say. But when things get screwed up and are mess next year they’ll just make up excuses and Aquino will find someone to blame for the mess as is his normal way of doing things.

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