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Toboso poll officer transferred

The elections officer of Toboso town in Negros Occidental, Jeremias Peromingan, who had allegedly been receiving threats, has been transferred to Victorias City.

Peromingan had asked for the transfer, Provincial Elections Supervisor Wil Arceño said yesterday.

Arceño did not give specifics on the threats received by Peromingan.

Meanwhile, Lynor Layda has been transferred from Victorias to head the Toboso COMELEC, he added.

Maria Luisa de la Cruz, a Liberal Party candidate for mayor of Toboso, is asking Arceño to act on four Board of Election Inspectors, who are either relatives of a candidate, or whose spouses are staunch supporters of a candidate in Toboso.

“This situation renders the BEI members partial and biased, and their neutrality is questionable,” she said.

If this is not corrected, it will be a big blow to the clean and honest elections drive of the COMELEC, she said.

Meanwhile, Arceño said the ballots for the May 13 elections were safely delivered to the towns and cities of Negros Occidental yesterday.

The arrival of the ballots got enthusiastic welcomes from watchers of different political parties in Escalante and Moises Padilla, he said.

The Precinct Count Optical Scan machines will be delivered to the towns and cities on May 8, he added.*CPG

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