Provincial Elections Supervisor Will Arceño yesterday took over the Negros Occidental Comelec provincial office, with instructions from Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. to make the May 13 elections “clean, fair, honest and peaceful”.
Arceño, who said he will be the provincial Comelec supervisor of Negros Occidental in an acting capacity, added that he will continue the programs implemented by his predecessor, Jessie Suarez, who was transferred to Iloilo.
Stressing that he does not know anybody in Negros Occidental, except the staff at the Comelec provincial office, Arceño assured Negrenses that he will be fair to all during the election.
“This is a new assignment for me, hopefully, I can do the job without much pressure coming from candidates,” Arceño, who used to be the Capiz provincial Comelec supervisor, said.
Arceño said he had also been assigned in Basilan, Jolo and Lanao del Sur, where special elections were held.
The Commission on Elections has ordered a nationwide temporary reshuffling of provincial election supervisors, that aims to enhance efficiency, competence, integrity and absolute impartiality within the commission.
Arceño admitted that he was recommended for Aklan, aside from being considered to head the Palawan provincial Comelec office, but not Negros Occidental.
“The assignment in Negros Occidental is perceived to be challenging. That is why,” he added. “Maybe they have diverted me here.”
Arceño, who met yesterday with Marañon, said the temporary reshuffling of election officers in Negros Occidental may start next month.*GPB