Violence, chaos mars polls in some areas in Caraga Region, Misamis Oriental

Voters who went early to different polling precincts in some areas in the Caraga Region and nearby province of Misamis Oriental particularly Gingoog City made loud noises to express their dismay after they were informed voting ins aid precincts will be delayed while some claimed will be postponed due to lack of official ballots and ballot boxes.

In Gingoog City at Barangay 19, 20 and other polling precincts, Barangay and SK voters who trooped early morning to the voting precincts retuned home complaining with some banging chairs that made loud noises after poll officials announced there are no ballots available others claimed lack of ballots and ballot boxes.

Candidates for SK headed by SK Chair bet Richelle Mae Cañete of Barangay 19, Gingoog City told THE STAR in a long distance interview said that they have been waiting up to 1 p.m. this afternoon to vote due lack of official ballots.

“We have not taken our breakfast now lunch because we go early to this polling precints only ended up nothing because there are no official ballots,” Cañete said in a mobile phone interview with THE STAR. At the other end of the phone, loud noises of complaining voter at Barangay 19 precincts can be heard loudly complaining, shouting.

In Surigao del Sur, Provincial Election Supervisor Alma Acosta told THE STAR in a mobile phone interview that voters in five barangays in San Agustin town have not yet started casting their votes as of noon today to undelivered ballots with some misdelivery of ballots.

The 5 barangays affected were Barangay Poblacion, Buhisan, Kauswagan, Otieza, and Sto. Niño. Acosta however assured voters that voting will proceed as soon as ballots will arrived anytime.

In Agusan del Sur, in San Francisco town, some 1,000 official ballots have same official numbers prompting polling precints officials to halt temnporarily the voting.

In Lapaz, Agusan del Sur, ballots and other voting paraphernalia’s also failed to arrive early.

In Surigao del Norte, beneficiaries of national government’s Pantawid Program complained to DSWD about rumors that they can’t received cash benefits for the program if they failed to vote candidates of the incumbents.

The beneficiary’s however because of fear failed to name names of who these incumbent officials are. (philstar)

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