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PNP, Comelec lay down final election preparations

By Abigail Kwok
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 15:38:00 04/01/2010

Filed Under: Eleksyon 2010, Elections, Politics, Police, Security (general)

MANILA, Philippines?The Philippine National Police, together with the Commission on Elections, is laying down final election preparations with the May 10 national elections, a ranking police official said on Thursday.

Deputy Director General Edgardo Acuña, chief of PNP?s Task Force HOPE (honest, orderly and peaceful elections), said in an interview that they are now going down to the regions, municipalities, and villages to educate every participant in the polls on the preparations being made by both the Comelec and the PNP.

Some of the issues discussed in the seminars include security preparations, transfer and handling of the PCOS (Precinct Count Optical Scan) machines, as well as the role of the Board of Election Inspectors in the first-ever national automated elections.

Those involved in the seminars include the PNP, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Comelec, Smartmatic, and the board of election inspectors (BEIs).

Acuña said that some of the specifics discussed include the transfer of ballots for remote areas that cannot be reached by land.

?You see, not all the voting centers can be reached by land. Some of them can be reached by water and some may not be reached by any transportation at all so you have to walk. That?s why we must really plan so that we can determine what is needed,? he said.

For areas that cannot be reached by land, Acuña said the PNP is planning to use choppers to transport the ballots.

Aside from providing security to the ballots and the voting precincts, the PNP is also closely coordinating with the Comelec to make sure that the automated elections will proceed smoothly.

?It is necessary that the preparations in the field, as low as the voting center level, should be very, very exact,? Acuña added.



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