MIDSAYAP, North Cotabato – The Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) plebiscite in 67 villages in seven towns of North Cotabato on Wednesday was generally peaceful and people voted freely, a police official said.

Chief Supt. Eliseo Tam Rasco, director of Police Regional Office 12 (Soccsksargen), described the voting as calm and orderly in the towns of Aleosan, Carmen, Kabacan, Midsayap, Pigcawayan, Pikit, and Tulunan.

“There was no reported violence that could affect or disrupt or endanger the credibility of the referendum that ended at 3 p.m.,” Rasco said.

He said only three incident reports found their way to police logbooks.

One was poll-related while the other two were not. An alleged member of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) was arrested while inside the voting precinct in Barangay Dungguan, Aleosan, North Cotabato at 7:55 a.m. for carrying an unlicensed gun.

In other incidents, a man was shot dead in this town at past 10 a.m., while another man was also shot in Carmen, North Cotabato shortly before noon.

“These shooting incidents were not related to the plebiscite. It was more of personal grudge,” Rasco clarified. Vote counting at precinct level is still ongoing as of posting.

As to the turnout, lawyer Jay Gerada, acting election chief of North Cotabato, said the actual number of voters will be known once canvassing is completed at the town level. (PNA)