Candidates for the May 13 elections pledged to support orderly and honest elections in Negros Occidental during a simultaneous covenant signing, as the election period kicked off yesterday.
Army, police and Commission on Elections officials called on Negrenses to do their share in ensuring peaceful orderly elections.
Gubernatorial candidate Rolando Parpa, board member candidates Ernesto Agustin Bascon, Ely Joy Barredo and Ernesto Adrian Aguilar signed the peace covenant, which was witnessed by provincial Comelec supervisor Salud Milagros Villanueva, Col. Benedict Arevalo, Senior Supt. Romeo Baleros, provincial DILG officer Carmelo Orbista, and Napolcom provincial officer Mae Diamante at the provincial Capitol grounds in Bacolod City.
Similar activities were also held in the towns and cities of Negros Occidental, led by their respective police chiefs and election officers.
The candidates pledged not to employ any form of violence, force or threat that may impair, impede, or unduly influence the free exercise of people’s right of suffrage.
“I will not offer or give bribes or gifts to corrupt the integrity of our democratic process,” the candidates integrity pledge, which was signed by candidates, said.
In previous elections candidates violated such pledge by engaging in vote buying.
The candidates also vowed to promote gender sensitivity in the campaign and not to tolerate any form of violence against “women in politics”.
The simultaneous signing of peace covenant was preceded by a unity walk among candidates, Comelec and DILG officials as well as police and military personnel assigned in Negros Occidental.*
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