“We will make sure that there will be a recall election and failure of holding it is not an option of the Comelec.” This is the assurance made by City election officer Atty. Orlando Baalan a day before the recall election.
Balaan said that that his office is “exhausting all efforts to make sure that the recall election will happen peacefully.”
He said that they are 80 percent ready for the electoral activity.
“We conducted meetings with the Philippine National Polices and the Armed Forces of the Philippines to ensure the protection of the ballot boxes’ distribution until the day of the canvassing,” Baalan said.
The Comelec is currently preparing the Victoriano J. Rodriguez Hall inside the Capitol where canvassing of votes will be held.
Josefina Baradas of the city treasurers office, they already distributed 121 ballot boxes to outskirt barangays of Puerto Princesa City starting at Bgy. Bacungan to Bgy. Langogan in the north and from Bgy. Luzviminda to Bgy. Inagawan in the south.
In the early morning of the election day, May 8, the remaining ballot boxes will be distributed to polling places within the city proper simultaneous with the posting of voters name.
Meanwhile, voters flocked to the city Comelec today, May 7, to check if their names are included in the list voters who will be allowed to vote during the election day.
Others are asking for their voter’s ID which adds chaos inside the Comelec office.
According to Comelec, those who can vote for recall election are residents of the city who registered on or before December 31, 2014- whether they have biometrics or not.(with reports from Marjorie Ann G. Nangit)