Friday, May 11, 2018


COMELEC AgNor chief expresses BSKE 2018 readiness

By Nora C. Lanuza Molde

BUTUAN CITY, May 11 (PIA) -- In a final deployment planning conducted during the second round of the Agusan del Norte Provincial Joint Security Control Center Command Conference on Thursday, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) provincial office and deputized agencies discussed different issues and concerns on the ongoing preparations of the 2018 Synchronized Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE) on May 14, 2018.

COMELEC Agusan del Norte provincial election supervisor Atty. April Joy P. Balano reported that different COMELEC municipal and city offices in the province in coordination with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP) and deputized agencies have already conducted several activities such as voters’ education, security measures planning, information, education and communication (IEC), and other activities related to the successful conduct of the BSKE.

“We are now ready for the BSKE. The deployment plan of election materials are now being tackled and properly planned out, and security measures by the AFP and PNP are now in place,” said Atty. Balano. 

Also, she said that there are barangays in the province and cities that need early delivery of the ballots on May 13, 2018, a day before the BSKE due to security measures and considering the big number of voters.

A COMELEC resolution is also present allowing the delivery of the ballots to the identified areas. These include four barangays of Buenavista; all the 86 barangays of Butuan City; Jabonga – 3; Kitcharao – 4; Las Nieves – 16;  Nasipit – 2; and Tubay – 6.

Meanwhile, the AFP (23IB and 29IB) and PNP will also deploy personnel to the municipalities and cities. Part of the activities would include patrolling before, during and after the conduct of the BSKE.

Atty. Balano also revealed that the province of Agusan del Norte COMELEC has recorded a total of 174,438 registered voters for the SK and 436,155 for the Barangay.

There are 9,290 candidates who filed for the SK and Barangay posts, she added. (NCLM/PIA-Agusan del Norte)