The Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Bohol is now ready to facilitate the conduct of the midterm election which is expected to draw a maximum of 898,862 registered voters in the province come Election Day on May 13.
This was based on the statement of provincial election supervisor Eddie Aba during the final coordinating conference of various agencies at Casa Rey Francis in Tagbilaran City on Monday.
According to Aba, the Comelec has completed the distribution of election paraphernalia including ballot boxes, official ballots and vote counting machine (VCM) batteries in Tagbilaran City and Bohol’s 47 towns.
Aba said that the VCM will be transported to the various clustered precincts starting Tuesday until Thursday.
The VCMs will then undergo final testing and sealing on Friday.
Meanwhile, the military and police have also completed preparations for the security of election paraphernalia and their delivery to the various polling centers.
State security forces are also set to be deployed to secure the voting centers days before the actual polls.
For its part, the Bohol Electric Company 1, Boheco 2 and the Bohol Light Company assured that there will be no power interruptions on Election Day.
The distribution utilities said that contingency plans have been readied for quicker response should there be sudden problems with the power supply.
The final coordinating conference for the elections was attended by Comelec-7 Assistant Executive Director Atty. Veronico Petalcorin, election officer, officials from the Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Department of Education, Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting, Diocese of Tagbilaran, Provincial Health Office, and Bohol Chamber of Commerce and Industry. (RT)