Comelec to decide soon on poll protest vs Cebu mayor

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Friday, December 13, 2013

MANILA -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will soon decide on the electoral protest filed for by former Cebu City mayor Tomas Osmeña against his political rival, incumbent Mayor Michael Rama.

Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes said the poll body has already finished counting 20 percent of ballots cast during the May 10 mayoralty race in Cebu City, which led to Rama's reelection.

Brillantes said that the en banc will decide whether or not there is a sufficient ground to continue with the recount, depending on the outcome of the initial 20 percent.

Rama was proclaimed winner after getting a total of 217,448 votes. Osmeña, then an outgoing congressman, had 211,072 votes.

Osmeña's running mate during the election, former Vice Mayor Joy Young, is also contesting the win of incumbent Vice Mayor Edgardo Labella considering a close 184-vote lead.

Brillantes refused to disclose the result of initial 20 percent of the recount but assured the public that the Comelec will release a resolution regarding Osmena's protest.

"The initial 20 percent has been done. Let’s just wait for the resolution," Brillantes said. (Sunnex)

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