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Comelec to tap cops as BEIs in Palawan recall polls if teachers do not appear

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will tap Philippine National Police (PNP) officers to serve as Board of Inspectors (BEIs) in the Palawan recall elections on May 8 if public school teachers do not report for duty on the day.

For this to be possible, Comelec en banc amended Section 1 of its Resolution 9960, or "General instructions for the Board of Election Inspectors (BEI) on the casting and counting of votes in connection with the May 08, 2015 recall elections for mayor in the city of Puerto Princesa, Palawan, pursuant to Comelec Resolution no. 15-0284 dated 07 April 2015."

The section states, "The Commission may, in the exigency of service and upon recommendation of the Regional Election Director of Region IV and DepEd, call upon trainees from the Philippine National Police (PNP) to serve as BEIs in case of failure of public school teachers or their substitutes to serve as such on election day."

The commission changed the word "trainees" to "personnel."

Public school teachers are appointed BEIs during election time.

Alroben Goh, a former Puerto Princesa city administrator, filed a recall petition against Puerto Princesa Mayor Lucilo Bayron, citing the loss of trust and confidence in the mayor. The petition was signed by 40,409 registered voters in the city, far more than the 19,335 signatures needed for recall proceedings to push through. — BM, GMA News