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Mar 2, 2012

Intensive security measures in place for Election Day

Miguel Guzman

Intensive security arrangements are being put in place for the double election next Wednesday. Police presence will be felt at polling stations and on the streets to prevent any election violence and to keep order. The police are also entrusted with securing the transfer of ballot boxes to the counting stations. At a press briefing on Thursday, the police also provided details as to licensed firearms and the sale of alcohol.

Sr. Supt. Miguel Guzman, Deputy O.C., Eastern Division

“I want to assure the public that safety on our part, we will be out there in great numbers; we will be providing security at the different polling stations, the counting stations, but that in no way will impede the routine regular patrols that we will be having in the city. We will try to increase our numbers in the city. We will be getting additional support and we are getting some additional vehicles, so we will have more security on the streets. Sometime in the evening you will see saturation of the grounds with police officers, particularly at the polling stations because some ballot boxes will need to be moving to the counting stations, particularly with the city council elections. While the other ballot boxes will remain at the polling stations and council will be done at the respective counting stations. But we will be out there in great numbers and want to assure the public that we will be out there in numbers. We won’t allow public drinking. We will strictly adhere to the laws in terms of public drinking and will be dealing with every offense in terms of public drinking.”

Elodio Aragon

Elodio Aragon, Assistant Commissioner of Police

“In regards to licensed gun holders, there is an SI that came out that speaks specifically to licensed gun holders which specifically states that no licensed firearms or ammunition will be allowed within any public place within a hundred yards of the polling or counting stations. This is to be in effect from the opening of the polls to the close of counting, not the closing of the polls but to the close of counting.”

The law on the sale of liquor also stands and will be enforced. The police are advising the public that liquor must not be sold from six a.m. to six p.m. on Election Day. With that in place, police say they are not anticipating any problems on March seventh.

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1 Response for “Intensive security measures in place for Election Day”

  1. islander says:

    As a responsible gun owner I support this SI. Unfortunately some people let politics have a sort of chemical reaction in their body that they can’t control. Mixing politics, alcohol and firearms is just a disaster waiting to happen.

    UNFORTUNATELY ANYONE WHO WOULD BE INTERESTED IN COMMITTING A PRE-MEDITATED CRIME “not on the heat of a political high” WOULD BRING THEIR ILLEGAL GUNS ANYWAY, SO THE COPS NEED TO MAKE SURE AND CHECK ALL BULGING OBJECTS ON PEOPLE’S WAISTLINES.

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