Election officials reported a “generally peaceful” turnout as Palaweños trooped to polling precincts province-wide, even as political tension was reported in at least one area in Barangay Irawan in Puerto Princesa City.
Complaints of missing names in the voter’s list also cropped up and some confusion ensued over missing official ballots which Comelec officials had tried to address.
At the Mateo Jagmis Elementary School, two clustered precincts reportedly had no official ballots for the Sangguniang Kabataan election. This was confirmed to Palawan News by Nelson Zabalo Jr., Board Election Inspector.
Zabala said they were coordinating with the COMELEC to resolve the problem within the day.
Among the early voters was Puerto Princesa City Mayor Lucilo Bayron, who turned up to vote at the San Pedro Elementary School, accompanied by her daughter Rain Manuel and city information officer Richard Ligad.
One voter from Barangay San Pedro in Puerto Princesa City was brought to a hospital and was reported to be in critical condition after he was hit by a COMELEC-designated vehicle early Monday morning. The victim, identified as a certain Nelson Flores, had been brought to the Palawan Provincial Hospital.
The COMELEC said there are a total of 1,890 clustered precincts in the province, with 519 voting centers. The COMELEC said they have deactivated some 1,000 voters from their list for various reasons.
In Puerto Princesa City, polling is being held in 53 voting centers with a total of 409 clustered polling precincts. (With reports from Genn Magdayao, Keith Anthony Fabro, Gerardo Reyes and Gillian Faye Ibañez)