What went wrong in barangay polls: Lente enumerates infractions By: Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com (October 28, 2013 12:45 PM)

Media Coverage February 20, 2014 1:09 PM

MANILA, Philippines — While generally peaceful, the national barangay elections Monday was still marred by incidents such as unlawful electioneering, disenfranchisement of voters, and unauthorized entry of candidates in some polling places, according to the elections watchdog Legal Network for Truthful Elections (Lente).

The group said that based on its monitoring on the conduct of the elections in the first few hours, several precincts reportedly did not open on time due to the late arrival of ballots and other election paraphernalia, the group added.

Based on independent reports from its volunteers in the field, Lente said vote-buying and selling took place in Ilcoos Sur, Palawan, and Jolo. Campaigning and unlawful electioneering were also reported in Tiniguiban, Palawan; Guadalupe, Makati; and Barangay Canitoan, Cagayan de Oro.

In Lambayong, Sultan Kudarat, minors were reportedly used to distribute campaign materials at the gates of the polling centers.

Candidates and their relatives were seen loitering in Santiago City, Isabela and Calapan City, Mindoro Oriental, in violation of the Omnibus Election Code, Lente said.

Detainee elections

The pilot implementation of detainee voting manned by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in a number of city and provincial jails also began smoothly.

Reports reaching the group, however, said that the Cavite Provincial Jail and the Dapitan City Jail did not open. The Cavite Provincial Jail’s warden had said that he has yet to receive directives that the inmates could vote, while in Dapitan City Jail, the arrival of ballot boxes was delayed due to bad weather. In Sorsogon, Lente said detainees voted at the nearby elementary school.

Most precincts allowed senior citizens, pregnant women, and persons with disabilities to vote in a separate queue. Elections in polling places hosted by SM Manila, SM Lipa, SM General Santos, and SM Cebu for senior citizens and PWDs of select barangays were also going smoothly.

Lente said it will continue to monitor the conduct of the elections until the closing time of the precincts. Violations of election law, such as electioneering, campaigning, denial of access to polling precincts, and other forms of disenfranchisement may be reported to Lente volunteers on the ground, or to the Lente Helpdesk, through hotline numbers (02) 403.22.49, (0917) 602.32.28 for Globe subscribers, and (0939) 352.42.95 for Smart subscribers.



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