Mindanao voters urged to go to polls
early as power woes raise cheating fears

May 5 2016 8:52 AM

A Mindanao-based bishop voiced fears rotational brownouts caused by power woes in Mindanao may allow cheating in the May 9 national and local elections.

Because of this, Isabela de Basilan Bishop Martin Jumoad advised voters to go to the polling centers early on Election Day.

“That has been a long problem, it was not given so much and serious commitment to resolve the problem. Since it is already there, I urge the electorates to really be vigilant at the same time vote early so that the election would be peaceful. That would be my appeal to the people of Mindanao,” he said on Church-run Radyo Veritas.

Jumoad’s advice came in the wake of another attack on a newly repaired power tower of the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NCGP).

The prelate also urged the Department of Energy (DOE) to at least suspend the rotational brownouts on Election Day.

Still, Jumoad voiced concerns the brownouts may allow some groups to potentially disrupt the electoral process.

“(I)t’s possible and I’m afraid it will be the source of conflict because it there will be cheating then the people cannot accept the outcome … of the election, if there is cheating. That can be the source (of) conflict,” he said.

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