Police ready to serve as BEIs in Lanao special polls, undergo training in Marawi

June 1, 2010 8:35 pm 

COTABATO CITY, June 1 – Police personnel from three Mindanao regions have arrived in Marawi City to undergo training as board of election inspectors (BEIs) for the special elections in seven Lanao del Sur towns on Thursday.

Lawyer Nestor Tambuang, regional director of Commission on Elections in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, said the police will act as BEIs in the special polls because most of the teachers have expressed desire not to serve.

"Many of them have relatives running for public office," Tambuang said. "Even those who have namesake refuse to serve out of delicadeza," he added.

"They (police personnel) are already in Marawi undergoing training," Tambuang said, adding that all is set for the special polls.

The special polls were scheduled after failure of elections was declared in seven towns after the teachers did not show up on May 10.

The winner in the gubernatorial race has been proclaimed after the Comelec found that the votes in seven towns, even if all would have voted for his rival, would not affect the votes he earned.

Reelectionist Mamintal Adiong Jr has been proclaimed.

The voters in seven towns, numbering about 45,000, will choose a vice governor, members of the provincial board and a congressman in each of the two congressional districts of Lanao del Sur.

The deployment of policemen as BEIs and additional Army troopers from other parts of the region gave the voters some sense of security, according to Adiong who was reelected for his second term.

Adiong said the Comelec is expected a high turn out of voters "because they are assured of security and that the Army and PNP will strictly impose the election gun ban." (PNA) LAP/NYP/EOF

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