Tuesday, October 31, 2023

BSKE 2023 in Eastern Mindanao: A Triumph of Unity and Peace as COMELEC, Law Enforcement, and Community join Forces

NSFA, Panacan, Davao City - The Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE) 2023 in Eastern Mindanao concluded as a remarkable testament to unity and peace.

As of 6PM on 30 October 2023, all polling precincts in the Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) Joint Operational Area, covering Regions 10, 11, some parts of 12 and 13 areas, have been officially declared closed, with the canvassing process well underway.

There have been no untoward incidents to report and the declaration of the BSKE in the EastMinCom area as peaceful and orderly is a resounding achievement.

This success can be attributed to the unwavering cooperation and collaboration of various stakeholders, from the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) to law enforcement agencies and, most importantly, the resilient Eastern Mindanao community.

"We attribute this success to the dedicated adherence to the rule of law, the vigilance of our citizens, and their resolute desire for lasting peace. Likewise, we also credit our soldiers and the teachers who worked round the clock to ensure orderliness, a critical factor," emphasized Lt. Gen. Greg T. Almerol, the EastMinCom Commander.

"This peaceful election is a clear manifestation of our communities' commitment to creating an environment free from intimidation, particularly by the Communist Terrorist Group. The Eastern Mindanao community stands as a united front against any threat to the peace and democratic process," he added.

The BSKE 2023 exemplifies what can be achieved when the community, law enforcement, and electoral bodies come together to ensure that the democratic rights and aspirations of the people are upheld.

Source: Public Information Office, Eastern Mindanao Command, AFP

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