BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO
The Commission on Elections will meet with representatives of the Bacolod City Police Office tomorrow to identify any possible election hotspot barangay in Bacolod City.
Bacolod Election Officer Katrina Trinio-Caña said the matter will be one of the election related concerns they will be discussing during the command conference with the police.
Caña said they are also in the process of preparing and finalizing the appointment of the members of the electoral board, aside from the training of election officers and election assistants.
Meanwhile, Caña said they will refer the request of the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Bacolod for a separate venue for Persons with Disabilities (PWD) and senior citizens including persons with comorbidities during the May 9 elections to the Election and Barangay Affairs Department of the Comelec, once they receive the SP communication.
Comelec will decide on the matter because this might entail additional manpower and the creation of additional voting centers, she said.
Caña recalled that during previous elections, they had established Emergency Accessible Polling Places especially for voting center with second floors. However, this was not availed by PWDs and senior citizens since they opted to personally feed their accomplished ballots into the Voter’s Counting Machine and get their voter’s receipt than have a support staff do it for them.
But PWDs and senior citizens are being given priority in regular polling places, she added.*