By Keith Bacongco
August 5, 2012
COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/4 Aug) – The Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) has assailed the presence of police and military personnel inside registration centers during the 10-day re-registration in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) last month.
In an assessment meeting of the Task Force Rehistro on Thursday, Fr. David Procalla, chair of the PPCRV-ARMM, accused the police and military of “playing with law.”
Procalla was referring to election law that prohibits the presence of police and military personnel right inside in the registration centers.
Although he acknowledged that there was a need for the presence of the police and military inside the registration centers, particularly in Lanao del Sur, the law clearly says it is prohibited, he stressed.
“Should we play with laws or should we implement even if there are requests from election officers? They should only stay within hearing distance, even just outside the door,” the priest told members of Task Force Rehistro.
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