Western Visayas elections 99% complete

By Cindy Ferrer

May 15, 2018, 5:48 pm

<p>The Regional Joint Security Command Center 6 on declares that 3,980 of the 4,050 villages in Western Visayas have already proclaimed their winners as of 10 a.m. of May 15.</p>

The Regional Joint Security Command Center 6 on declares that 3,980 of the 4,050 villages in Western Visayas have already proclaimed their winners as of 10 a.m. of May 15.

ILOILO CITY -- The election process in Western Visayas is already 99.40 percent complete, according to the Commission on Elections 6 (Comelec-6).

In a press conference with members of the Regional Joint Security Command Center 6 (RJSCC-6), lawyer Tomas Valera, Comelec-6 Assistant Regional Director, said that 3,980 out of 4,050 villages in the region have already proclaimed their winners as of 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Guimaras, Iloilo province and Iloilo City have completely declared their winners except for those which resulted in a draw.

In Capiz, 32 remaining villages are yet to declare their winners; Antique, 27; Aklan, seven; and Negros Occidental with only four.

But Valera clarified that all of the precincts have already completed their counting of ballots.

These villages, he said, are just yet to submit their reports, especially that some are still in the far-flung villages. He was expecting election officers to submit their reports as soon as possible.

Meantime, Valera said the conduct of village and youth polls in the whole region remains generally peaceful with no major election-related incidents.

However, he said that another alleged vote-buying incident in Ibajay, Aklan was reported to them bringing to eight the number of vote-buying incidents in the region.

The seven vote-buying incidents were recorded in towns of Barotac Viejo, San Rafael, Mina and Concepcion, all in Iloilo province; Ibajay and Nabas in Aklan province; and La Castellana, Negros Occidental.

Meanwhile, Valera said the arrested violators of gun ban increased to 80 with 232 firearms confiscated; 408 ammunitions; 10 explosives; and 30 bladed weapons.

Valera reiterated his appeal to candidates and their supporters to continuously cooperate to maintain the peace and order in the region.

He mentioned that some deployed security personnel were already pulled out from some areas that have already returned their election paraphernalia. (PNA)

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