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People casting their votes for village officials in Zamboanga City on Nov. 25 were reminded Thursday not to bring backpacks to the polling centers.
The Zamboanga City government said this was part of the Commission on Elections' security measures for the electoral exercise.
"Comelec-Zambo Advisory: NO backpacks inside polling centers on election day as part of the security measures," it said on its Twitter account.
Authorities have been wary of the possibility of troublemakers hiding explosives in their backpacks.
The village elections in Zamboanga City had been postponed to Nov. 25 due to fighting between government forces and followers of Moro National Liberation Front founding chairman Nur Misuari last September.
Meanwhile, city mayor Isabelle Climaco-Salazar urged all candidates to "strictly comply with all rules and regulations enshrined in the Omnibus Election Code."
The city government reminded its residents and caniddates that the campaign period started Nov. 15 and will end on Nov. 23.
It added a citywide curfew remains in place from midnight to 4 a.m. — ELR, GMA News