Special election set in ComVal

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013


THE polling center in Compostela, Compostela Valley province that experienced failure of election Monday will have a special election sometime this week.

Commission on Elections regional director lawyer Wilfred Jay Balisado said they are set to conduct a special election in the polling precincts in Gabi Elementary School as more than 800 ballots were interchanged with the ballots that were meant for a barangay in Baguio City.

"Significant pa ang mga votes didto sa area na to kay tight pa ang ang competition sa votes sa ilang mayoralty candidate (The votes in that area are still significant as the mayoralty candidates are still in a tight competition)," Balisado said.

As of 12 p.m. Tuesday, mayoralty candidates Lema Bolo and Dolfo Ang were in a tight competition, with Bolo having a slight advantage of six with 13,093 votes over the latter's 13,087 votes.

Balisado said there is no difference between the regular midterm election and the special election.

"The board of election inspectors will follow the same guidelines and voters will still undergo the same process. The election officers in that polling center has already requested the municipal board of canvassers to wait for the results of the voting in Barangay Gabi," Balisado said.

Balisado is also relying on Air21 to transport the official ballots as soon as possible so that they could start with the voting process in the said polling center by Thursday.

He also reminded the mayoralty candidates to avoid initiating any campaign schemes while waiting for the official ballots to arrive. (Ruji Peter S. Abat)

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 15, 2013.

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