THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) First Division has ordered the inventory, retrieval, sealing, and transport of the initial 20 percent of the total 97 ballot boxes subject to the electoral protest in Talisay City, Negros Occidental.
The protest was filed by defeated candidate Sheila Yap Saratan against Mayor Neil Lizares.
The said ballot boxes will be taken from the custody of the City Treasurer’s Office (CTO) of Talisay for transport to the Comelec central office in Intramuros, Manila.
Commissioner Robert Christian Lim, in his order in behalf of the First Division dated November 2, directed the CTO to make an inventory of the ballot boxes of the pilot protested precincts within 10 days upon receipt of the order with prior notice of the date and place of inventory of the ballot boxes to both parties.
The CTO is also directed to turn over the ballot boxes together with keys and other election paraphernalia to the city election officer after said inventory and comparing the same with a copy of CEF No. 14.
The election officer is also directed to seal the ballot boxes and to notify the First Division clerk and the date of the delivery and transmittal of the ballot boxes to the Comelec head office.
The order also asked the election officer to seek assistance from the Philippine National Police or the Armed Force of the Philippines to secure the transport of the contested ballot boxes.