Comelec says there is no election hotspot in Ifugao
LAGAWE, Ifugao, Jan.3 (PIA) -- With two months more to go before the campaign for the 2013 elections starts, the Commission on Election (Comelec) here confirmed that there are no election hotspots or potential hotspots identified in the province for the May 2013 polls.
Provincial Election Supervisor Ricardo Bulintao said in a recent interview that Ifugao had consistently maintained a peaceful and orderly election during the past elections and he is very optimistic that this situation will be similarly observed in this 2013 political exercise since there are no private armies by politicians in the province.
He added that unlike in the 1970s and 1980s when politics in Ifugao was hotly contested and election victory was ensured by political resources like guns, goons, and gold that sustained political dynasties in the province, today, this no longer holds true as it is unacceptable to the Ifugaos who now reject politicians with such resources since it promotes conflicts and violence.
Bulintao also said that if there is any key election related issue that will disrupt the election in Ifugao, it is the occurrence of power failure because the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) or the machines that will count the votes cast are all dependent on electricity and that there are no available generators available as back-up power supply in case this thing happens.
Ifugao now has 108,080 voters based on the latest list registered in the Comelec distributed in the 11 towns, 175 barangays, 760 precints, 205 voting centers, and 231 clustered groups where the PCOS machines will be installed for the 2013 election.
The municipality of Alfonso Lista has the highest number of voters with 15, 591 followed by Lamut with 13,320, Banaue with 12,882, Lagawe with 10,739, Kiangan with 10,007, Aguinaldo with 9,654, Hingyon with 8,174, Tinoc with 7, 420, Mayoyao with 7,265, Asipulo with 7,005 and Hungduan with 6,023.(DBC-PIA CAR, Ifugao)
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