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Comelec bans ‘help desks’ in Abra after shooting incident

/ 10:26 AM May 09, 2016

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec)  prohibited candidates from setting up “help desks” at voting centers in Abra province, after a shooting incident at a precinct in Lagayan town Monday morning.

Lawyer Mae Richelle Belmes-Beronilla, Abra election supervisor, directed all poll precincts to prohibit political parties and candidates from setting up help desks and command centers within the perimeter of voting areas.

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She barred barangay officials from the voting centers after receiving reports that some village leaders have been intimidating voters.

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Abra was placed under Comelec control last week.

At press time, soldiers are in pursuit of gunmen who were reportedly involved in a shootout at a polling precinct in Barangay Pang-ot between supporters of the Luna and Crisologo families.

Authorities are verifying reports that two died from the gunfight. The Abra police have not released details of the shooting.

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