Candidates vying for local positions have signed a covenant vowing for a “Secure, Accurate and Fair Elections (SAFE)” mid-term elections in this part of the province.
The covenant signing, which was held on Sunday at the Municipal Function Hall, was witnessed by election officials as well as from the police, military, departments of interior and local government (DILG)and of education (DepEd), Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) and the media.
The main signatories of the covenant were reelectionist Mayor Wilson Nandang of the Liberal Party and Vice-Mayor Ukol Talumpa, who is running for mayor under the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC).
Their respective candidates for vice-mayor and eight candidates for municipal councilors also signed the covenant. Both parties have pledged to shun violence, human rights violations and avoid adopting black propaganda strategies.
They also promised to play fair and refrain from issuing statements or acts that would incite violence or threatens the public. PPCRV chairman Fr. Felix Tigoy said the signing of the covenant will help ensure a peaceful and honest elections in this town, which have been marred by violence in previous elections.
Labangan is a 4th class municipality comprising of 25 barangays with a population of 34,530 in 6,629 households according to the 2000 census of the National Statistics Office (NSO). Aside from SAFE, Tigoy said the covenant signing is also aimed to ensure Clean, Honest, Accurate, Meaningful and Peaceful (CHAMP) in May 13 in this town.