MANILA, Philippines — Cigarette smoking will be prohibited in all voting precincts located in schools, universities and colleges during the May 9, 2016 national and local elections, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said.
The order to ban smoking was in response to the request from the Civil Service Commission (CSC) Chairperson Alicia dela Rosa-Bala.
In her letter addressed to Comelec Chairman Juan Andres Bautista, the CSC has asked the latter in enforcing CSC Memorandum Circular No. 17, s. 2009 or the Smoking Prohibition Based on 100% Smoke-Free Environment Policy in all voting precincts.
“As we continue to protect the interest of the public, the role of the Comelec is indispensable in securing smoke-free environments for our voters, volunteers and everyone who will participate in the proceedings inside our precincts,” Bala said in the letter.
She added, “We believe that informing the public regarding the observance of MC 17 and other efforts relative to this will continue in protecting our constituents from second hand smoke.”
Meanwhile, Comelec Minute Resolution No. 16-0234, dated April 5, 2016, has approved the CSC’s request for assistance to enforce a smoking ban in all voting precincts on Election Day.
There will be 36,788 voting centers and 92,509 clustered precincts nationwide in the forthcoming polls. Ferdinand Patinio/PNA/northboundasia.com