Comelec expects poll cases-A A +A
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Although the October 28 barangay elections were generally peaceful and orderly, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) disclosed Tuesday that it is anticipating the influx of election complaints and related cases.
Comelec Central Luzon Director Rafael Olaño said losing candidates are expected to file within the 10-day period after the polls disqualification cases against their rivals and other complaints like vote-buying among others.
"The elections in Central Luzon were generally peaceful. But as always, we are expecting complains and other poll cases candidates will file," he said.
In the case of candidates with the same number of votes, Olaño clarified that they will have to draw lots or "toss a coin." This is what happened in Barangay Bulaon in this town where two kagawads (councilmen) were tied for seventh place.
"The board of canvassers will have to supervise such under the law. But the tied candidates could not take the seat together. It will mean pure luck with the drawing of lots," he said.
He added that candidates who wish to file a case have 10 days to submit them to the Comelec.
"The process though is long and may take time before a resolution comes out," he said.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on October 30, 2013.