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Comelec-10: Partner agencies lead region’s 84.63% NLE turnout

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA)–Recognizing the efforts of the key law enforcement and deputized agencies during the 2022 National and Local Elections, the Commission on Elections (Comelec)-10 reports 84.63% voters turnout or 2,590,144 actual voters from the 3,060,485 total registered voters in the region during the Exit Command Conference, May 23, here.

From the said number, 817,990 actual voters are from Bukidnon, Camiguin (55,153), Lanao del Norte (474,476), Misamis Occidental 370,071 Misamis Oriental (872,454).

Observing the minimum public health standards in partnership with the Department of Health (DOH)-10, Comelec-10 Regional Election Director Lawyer Francisco Pobe said 90 voters have utilized the Isolation Polling Precincts (IPPs) in the region. 

“On data of defective VCMs [vote counting machines], fortunately, for the whole period of election, we only have 18 units that were found to be defective and some are being referred to in our regional hub. On the defective SD cards, so far, for the whole period of election, we only listed 11 pieces of SD card that were found to be defective,” Pobe said. 

Common problems encountered with the use of VCMs include a burnt machine, paper jam, misread document, and a damaged printer. The defective secure digital (SD) cards were either replaced or reported to the Comelec Election Monitoring and Action Center (CEMAC). 

To ensure safe and orderly elections, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP)-10 have boosted their deployment in the entire region as well as their checkpoints. Together, they have recorded nine election-related violent incidents. 

“From January 9, 2022-May 20, 2022, PNP-10 has established 35,800 checkpoint operations with 2,160 PNP deployed. There are also 82 gun ban incidents reported, 99 persons arrested, 106 firearms confiscated, and 44 deadly weapons confiscated in the same period,” PLtCol Fermin Armendarez III of PNP-10 said. 

Pobe also cited the reported complaints during the elections and these include the violation on electioneering and partisan political activities, and vote-buying in Lanao del Norte and Misamis Occidental. 

Some also complained about the long queues, difficulty in searching names in the precinct finder, slow pacing of the voting process, non-compliance to health protocols, limited security personnel, and VCM paper jam.

Though faced with the said challenges, Pobe still underscored the efforts of their partner agencies for the close and constant coordination with election stakeholders, decentralized technical hubs on VCM and SD card replacement. 

He also noted the optimized Monitoring Action Centers, additional manpower in voting precincts, and deployment of highly qualified election participants such as the Department of Education (DepEd) teaching staff.

As for the proclamation of winners, Pobe said Camiguin is the earliest among the provinces to hold the activity at 8:15 a.m., May 10. Bukidnon proclaimed their winners, May 10 at 5:36 p.m.; Lanao del Norte, May 10 at 3:00 p.m.; Misamis Occidental, May 10 at 5:11 p.m.; and Misamis Oriental, May 10 at 9:24 p.m. (RTP/PIA-10)