‘No-El’ in 1,600 barangays

ELECTIONS in more than 1,600 villages across the country failed to push through yesterday because election materials did not arrive on time.

Director Benjamin Belarmino, the Philippine National Police (PNP) deputy chief for administration and chief of PNP Task Force Hope, said elections were postponed because of the delay in the delivery of ballot boxes.

“There’s a resolution by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) that if ballot boxes were not delivered by 12 noon, elections will have to be postponed in that particular area,” Belarmino said.

He said majority of the said barangays are in Bicol Region, a traditional trouble spot during elections and a known hotbed of communist rebels.

“Elections in these areas or barangays will still be conducted either by tomorrow or Wednesday once the delivery of ballot boxes and other election materials are completed,” Belarmino added.

He said there were no polls in 551 barangays in Masbate, 321 in Albay, 315 in Catanduanes and 246 in Sorsogon.

The other provinces where elections did not push through are: Capiz, 20; Cagayan, 20; Pangasinan, 19; Nueva Vizcaya, 16; Tarlac, 2; and Aklan, 2.

Meahwhile, elections in 87 barangays in three towns in Isabela province were also postponed earlier by the Comelec after it was heavily devastated by Typhoon “Juan” last week, the PNP official said. Anthony Vargas

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