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Security up for plebiscite today

Sixty policemen will be deployed in Brgy. Mansilingan in Bacolod City for today's plebiscite on whether to create a Barangay Paglaum in the city, Senior Supt. Edgardo Ordaniel, acting police director, said yesterday.

He said personnel from the central office of the Commission on Elections, who met with him Thursday, inquired about the security preparations for the plebiscite.

Policemen who will help transport election paraphernalia, and those who will secure the COMELEC personnel, voting centers and the Bacolod Government Center, where the canvassing will be held, are all set, Ordaniel said.

Bacolod Election Officer Mavil Majarucon-Sia yesterday said the official ballots equivalent to the total number of registered voters of Brgy. Mansilingan, which is 17,581, were already delivered yesterday.

Majarucon-Sia said the voting hours will be from 7 a.m. up to 3 p.m., while the canvassing of ballots will be held at the session hall of the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod, she said.

The voting centers to be used during the plebiscite are the Paglaum Village Elementary School, Don Jayme Elementary School, and Gonzaga Elementary School.

She said a simple majority is required for the creation of Brgy. Paglaum. Those in favor of its creation will vote “yes”, while those who are not in favor that Paglaum Village will be detached from Mansilingan will vote “no”.

Ordaniel said he expects no threats during and after the poll process, but appealed to the residents of Brgy. Mansilingan, to keep the elections peaceful.

Sia said the liquor and gun ban that is confined to Brgy. Mansilingan will end on January 15.

Policemen are conducting mobile patrols around the barangay to arrest and charge anyone caught violating the bans, Ordaniel said.*CGS/SGG



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