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The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) in Palawan urged the public Monday to strictly observe election restrictions, particularly the gun ban for a safe and peaceful 2019 mid-term polls.

The gun ban started on January 13 and will last until June 12, said COMELEC provincial spokesperson Jomel Ordas.

“Ang pinaka-main purpose kasi ng gun ban is to ensure the peaceful, orderly, honest, and credible elections. Isa din ‘tong paraan para maging peaceful talaga ang paparating na halalan,” Ordas said.

During the period, the carrying or transportation of firearms, explosives or other deadly weapons is prohibited.

But Ordas said qualified people may apply for gun ban exemptions or permits to carry at the COMELEC. Applications will be accepted until May 29, 2019.

Under Comelec Resolution 10446, deputized law enforcement officers carrying firearms must be in full uniform showing clearly and legibly their names, ranks, and serial numbers.

These should be visible at all times in their actual performance of their duties and responsibilities in their specific areas of assignment.

“Pwede sila mag-apply dito sa office [ng gun ban exemption], ‘yong naka-specify sa Rule III, Section 6, Page 14 ng COMELEC resolution. For example, cashiers, disbursing officers, high-risk individual o candidate na gusto mag-avail ng security detail or bodyguard,” Ordas said.