Comelec forms control committee to oversee poll hotspots

By Sheila Crisostomo

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections has created a Comelec control committee (CCC) to supervise the areas placed under its control.

Based on Resolution No. 10501 issued on Feb. 21, the CCC will be composed of representatives from the Comelec, Philippine National Police (PNP) and Armed Forces of the Philippines.

The CCC will be chaired by a Comelec commissioner.

The Comelec places an area under its control to prevent election-related violence from escalating.

Only two areas have been placed under Comelec control so far: Daraga in Albay and Cotabato City.

Daraga was declared an election hotspot following the killing of Ako Bicol party-list Rep. RodelBatocabe allegedly by his rival for the mayoralty post, reelectionist Mayor CarlwynBaldo on December 22.

The poll body said the CCC is authorized to create special task force teams, which will act as the implementing arm with regard to the decisions, order and other issuances in relation to the enforcement of the Comelec control.

Once an area is placed under Comelec control, the poll body has the authority to relieve members of the military and the PNP.

The Comelec may recommend the relief of any public official or employee who violates election laws or fails to comply with the poll body’s orders.

Ballot printing

Meanwhile, the printing of official ballots to be used in the May elections is in full swing, averaging 1.1 million copies per day.

Comelec spokesman James jimenez said they have reached their target of printing one million ballots daily.

He said the number of ballots printed by the National Printing Office reached 11,346,352, or 17.82 percent of the 63,662,481 ballots to be printed. (The Philippine Star)