Defeated bets file election protests

TWO defeated candidates in the barangay elections in Cebu City have filed separate election protests alleging that the October 28 polls were marred by irregularities.

Alexander Ibarita, who ran for barangay captain of Bonbon and lost to Eduardo Cabriana, filed the poll protest before the Municipal Trial Court in Cities (MTCC).

The other complaint was filed by defeated candidate for village chief, Marilyn Banico, against Rian Tante, who was declared winner in Barangay Luz.

The Barangay Board of Canvassers proclaimed Cabriana the winner for garnering 1,431 votes, or 48 lead votes over Ibarita's 1,383 votes.

Barangay Bonbon had 2,814 total votes cast during the Oct. 28 barangay elections.

In his poll protest, Ibarita alleged that the Board of Election Tellers violated Section 211 of the Omnibus Election Code when they “illegally and improperly” appreciated the votes during the canvassing.

In his complaint, Ibarita said he would win “by a margin of several number of votes if the errors, mistakes and irregularities are corrected.”

Ibarita asked the court for a judicial recount of ballots in some polling precincts in Bonbon.

In Barangay Luz, Tante was proclaimed the winner after getting 4,838 votes, or 1,816 votes ahead of Banico who only got 3,022 votes.

Barangay Luz has 28 polling precincts.

But Banico alleged that irregularities marred the proclamation of Tante.

She said the election result was “not truly reflective of the will and sentiment of the voters of Barangay Luz.” She added that the poll results "furiously shocked" her supporters.

Banico said she filed the protest since she does not want to let pass the “patently anomalous irregular and strange outcome” of the elections.

Last Oct.30, Armando Lozano, a defeated candidate for village chief in Barangay Calamba, filed an electoral protest seeking a judicial recount of 10 polling precincts.

Lozano filed the protest against Ma. Yvonne Cana Feliciano, who was declared winner by the Barangay Board of Canvassers last Oct. 29, 2013.

Lozano asked the court to a recount or revision of the ballots in the 10 voting precincts to determine “who is the real candidate elected” for barangay captain in Calamba.

Feliciano won by 371 votes after garnering 1,883 votes while Lozano got 1,512 votes.

Barangay Calamba has 22 polling precincts.

In his poll protest, Lozano said that votes in 10 clustered precincts “were deliberately misread and misappreciated by various chairmen of the different boards of election tellers.”
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