BAGUIO CITY, Jan. 18 (PIA) — The campaign on anti-vote buying for the forthcoming May 2019 national and local elections is now rolled out in the city in line with efforts to ensure honest, orderly and peaceful midterm polls.
To jumpstart the campaign, Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Cordillera Regional Director Julius Torres along with Baguio City Election Officer John Paul Martin and Benguet Provincial Election Officer Nicasio Jacob spearheaded a memorandum of understanding and Pledge of Commitment signing with local candidates at the Sarmiento Hall of the University of the Philippines-Baguio on Thursday, January 17.
Several political party representatives also attended the event to affirm their support for the anti – vote buying campaign.
Sectoral partners in the campaign are the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), Integrated Bar of the Philippines – Baguio Chapter President Atty. Alan Antonio Mazo and several Baguio civil society organizations and officials of various student organizations in the different colleges and universities in the city.
Also affirming their support to the anti – vote buying campaign are Department of Environment and Natural Resources – CAR Regional Director Ralph Pablo, Philippine Information Agency – CAR Regional Director Helen Tibaldo, Dept. of Interior and Local Government City Director Evelyn Trinidad, City Police Director PSSupt. Eliseo Tanding, Department of Education Baguio Schools Superintendent Federico Martin and City Prosecutor Elmer Sagsago.
Martin stressed that everyone deserves an honest, orderly, peaceful, fair, inclusive and transparent election. With a multi – sectoral partnership, aside from an intensified campaign against vote – buying, there will also be a wider network and strengthened voter’s education advocacy.
“Our purpose is to generate awareness and encourage voters to actively campaign against vote buying and other election anomalies,” he said.
“Our efforts today will be a start of a big stride, if not to totally eliminate vote buying (both for candidates and voter) but at least to discourage the same”, Torres said as he expressed COMELEC – CAR’s gratitude to all the partners that heed to the call of helping make the 2019 midterm elections better.
Fr. Manny Flores, Jr, who represented the PPCRV and the “I Vote Good” movement, lauded COMELEC for the initiative and all the partners for affirming their support and commitment to the campaign.
“This shows that you believe and thrust in the integrity of our election process and we need to safeguard it so that truly, the will of the people be upheld and not the concern of selfish few,” Fr. Flores said. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)
Source: PIA Feed