Comelec lists 180 incidents of poll-related violence

By RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 19 2012 03:40 PM | Updated as of Nov 20 2012 04:24 PM

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED/CORRECTED) - The Commission on Elections and the Philippine National Police have noted a total of 180 election-related violent incidents for the first half of 2010.

Figures released by Comelec and PNP showed a total of 277 incidents reported from January 10 to June 9, 2010. Of this number, 97 violent incidents were later on determined to be not related to the 2010 elections.

Authorities said a total of 4 candidates were killed in the runup to the 2010 polls. They include 1 candidate for board member, 1 candidate for mayor, and 2 candidates for municipal councilor.

The list also included 31 civilian fatalities whose deaths were deemed election-related.

Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez explained a thorough investigation is done at the local level before an incident can be declared election-related.

Many of those involved were civilians, barangay officials and mayors.

Poll executives and PNP officials met at Camp Crame earlier today for their command conference on the preparations for the 2013 midterm elections.