A province-wide covenant signing will be conducted on March 25, and all political candidates are urged to show their support and commitment for clean, honest and peaceful elections in Negros Oriental.
This was announced by Msgr. Julius Heruela, convenor of the Dumaguete Diocesan Electoral Board, who said the covenant signing will follow the successful conduct of the “Run for CHAMP”, or clean, honest, accountable, meaningful and peaceful, elections in Negros Occidental that started Friday.
He said the three-day run has been successful, and he thanked around 500 marathon enthusiasts and organizers for participating in the DEB-led event.
The activity was one of the projects lined up by the DEB in line with its voters’ education campaign. The others are the training of poll watcher volunteers and the conduct of election fora.
He said one highlight of the activity was the participation of the youths, who expressed their opposition to vote-buying and immoral means of securing votes, at the culmination program at Quezon Park.
The oldest participant in the run was 62-year-old Julieta General of Brgy. Camanjac, Dumaguete City.
The DEB is a non-partisan composite body composed of representatives from the Catholic and other churches, Commission on Elections, the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting, the National Movement for Free Elections, the Philippine National Police, Philippine Army, Department of Education, the media, and non-government organizations.
Meanwhile, provincial election supervisor Jerome Brillantes said the manual counting of ballots is prohibited inside polling precincts.
Brillantes said an aggrieved party cannot compel members of the Board of Election Inspectors to resort to manual counting should they feel dissatisfied by the result of the election.
He said the aggrieved party can seek redress through an electoral protest that should be filed before a Regional Trial Court.
Brillantes said the BEIs have been instructed to proceed immediately to PCOS counting as soon as the voting has ended, and the result should be announced and transmitted to the Board of Canvassers and other agencies, accredited organizations and political parties.*JFP/RG
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