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Neg. Occ. not included
in mock polls: Guanzon


The Commission on Elections has not included Negros Occidental among the areas where it will hold mock elections in preparation for the May 13 mid-term elections.

Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon yesterday said they will hold mock elections today nationwide in Manila, Cebuand other big provinces to test their voter verification system (VVS), as well as the voting machines and transmissions, including the canvassing system, to make sure that there will be no failure in the election process.

This is to show the people that Comelec is transparent, she said.

Guanzon said there will be no mock elections in Region 6 but the nearest is Cebu. Negros is covered by the Voter Registration Verification System (VRVS).

She said this will be witnessed by representatives from the National Citizen’s Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL), Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) and election non-government organizations.

Guanzon said no candidate from Negros has been delisted by the Comelec. However, they have delisted about 60 nuisance candidates for senators out of 170 who filed certificates of candidacy.

They declare candidates as “nuisance” if they do not appear to be serious. But the problem involving nuisance candidate is manageable because they will declare them on time, she said.

Those who cannot be declared as nuisance candidate on time will remain in the ballot on the day they approve the ballot face for printing, she added.

Guanzon also reminded candidates that on February 12, they will be directed to take down their posters within three days even if they did not pay for them.

If they do not take them down, Comelec will presume that they own it and this is an election offense. They have to face charges in violation of the Election law after they are given an opportunity to answer, she added.

Comelec will write them, as well as including those responsible for making their posters, she added

Meanwhile, Guanzon said violence is one big concern of everyone. But there is no violence reported in Negros.*


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