The Provincial Elections Office has said notwithstanding the fact that some barangays in Pangasinan are still under water, the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections will proceed as scheduled on Monday.
Provincial Elections Supervisor Reddy Balarbar said per reports reaching his office, there are now only eight barangays — seven in Calasiao and one in Sta. Barbara — that are still under water to date.
He said the municipal elections officer of Calasiao has made an arrangement that the voting in those seven flooded barangays will take place at the Pangasinan College of Science and Technology (PCST) in that town.
Balarbar said he already approved the recommendation of Herman Balolong, municipal election officer of Calasiao, to transfer the polling centers of the seven flooded barangays to the PCST.
Balolong also already duly informed the voters of the seven barangays that their polling centers were transferred to PCST because the flood in their areas has not subsided.
Balarbar admitted there is now only one barangay in Sta. Barbara that is under water. But the municipal election officer there is still looking for a place where the voting will take place.
He also announced that the election will continue in some towns of western Pangasinan despite their continuing power outage that was caused by the past typhoon “Juan.”
At the same time, Balarbar announced that the official ballots and other election paraphernalia for all barangays of Pangasinan are set to arrive in Lingayen Saturday afternoon.
He called on all the city and municipal treasurers to get the ballots and materials allocated for their respective areas from the office of the provincial treasurer. (PNA)