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Guanzon: Keep 2022 elections in Negros free from violence

Manapla PDAO President Charito Diaroz Pelita, Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon (center) and Mayor Manuel Escalante cut the ribbon at the inauguration of the new Comelec building, as Manapla Election Officer Cindy Ballesteros and councilors Richard Legada and Elizabeth Andrino (l-r, back row) look on.*

Commissioner Rowena Guanzon of the Commission on Elections called on the police, Army and politicians to keep the May 2022 polls in Negros Occidental free from violence.

This will enable the people the freedom to vote for the candidates of their choice, Guanzon said in her speech at the inauguration of the Comelec building at Duyungan Street in Manapla, Negros Occidental, Thursday, July 8.

The Manapla Election Officer is Cindy Ballesteros.

Guanzon thanked Rep. Shernee Tan (Kusug Tausug Partylist) for making the construction of the about P4 million Comelec building possible and Manapla Mayor Manuel Escalante for his support.

This is the first building solely for the Comelec’s use in the entire Negros Occidental and I hope other local government’s will follow suit, she said.

“It emphasizes the need for the commission to be independent,” she said.

Guanzon said her term as commissioner will end on February 2022 but she will be heavily involved in the Comelec’s preparations for the next elections.

She said they are preparing rules and regulations for the campaign and 2022 elections.*

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