By Maria Teresa B. Benas
BANGUED, Abra, Sept. 17(PIA) — The new provincial election supervisor (PES) here encourages Abra residents to report to her or file formal complaints against erring employees of the Commission on Elections.
Atty. Mae Richelle B. Belmes wants to prove that she means business and wants to see all her staff go to their official workplaces and attend to the needs of their clients especially now that the 2013 mid-term election is fast approaching and the calendar of activities have already been laid down.
She urged the people to support their written complaints with documents so she can endorse them to Comelec en banc for resolution saying that she can not act on verbal complaints alone.
Belmes also announced that the Certificate of Candidacy (COC) is now posted in their website and interested individuals may now download, print and reproduce the forms in time for the filing of COCs on October 1 – 5, 2012.
But the availability of the forms needed by the candidates through online does not excuse Comelec employees from not reporting to their assigned municipalities, Belmes said.
Comelec officers and their staff have to be present in their field offices regularly in order to attend to the needs of the people who go to their offices for assistance especially now that voters have to rush to register or validate their registration.
Voters are required to appear at the Comelec for their biometrics to be captured, and this can only be made possible in the presence of the Comelec staff.
Belmes, during her oath taking last August 31, vowed not to allow shenanigans in the office like absenteeism.
She said she is determined to have a facelifting and cleansing of their ranks and to have more responsible civil servants if only to provide a more credible public service with the end goal of contributing to the peace situation in the province. (JDP/MTBB-PIA CAR, Abra)