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Personnel from the PNP Ilocos Norte are stationed at polling stations.

CITY OF LAOAG – The Philippine National Police has stationed personnel in several voting locations ahead of Monday’s national and local elections.

On Wednesday, Laoag City police chief Joemar Q. Labiano confirmed this, ordering his men to be at polling stations by 7 a.m. on Tuesday, or before the handover of vote-counting machines (VCMs) that they will monitor until election day.

Generator sets were also tested in polling places to guarantee that they were operational in the event of a power outage during the election.

Several PNP personnel escorted the transfer of sealed VCMs from the provincial i-Hub in Barangay Callaguip, Batac City, to the various voting stations throughout the province. The distribution of VCMs is prioritized in rural places.

“The final testing and sealing of VCMs is scheduled for May 6, at least two days before the voting period,” stated Joel Gines, provincial election supervisor.

“We still have ample time to repair the malfunctioning VCM if there are any difficulties,” he continued.

The Ilocos Norte Capitol had received 800 cartons containing official ballots earlier. The ballots are currently in the possession of the various local government entities’ treasurer’s offices.

According to the Commission on Elections, Ilocos Norte is divided into two districts, each with 430,000 registered voters.

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