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Transmission error causes proclamation of wrong winner 05/22/2010

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Transmission error causes proclamation of wrong winner


An administration mayoralty aspirant in Maasim town in Sarangani province has asked the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to immediately nullify the earlier proclamation of the town’s winning mayor due to noted discrepancies in the town’s total vote count that were supposedly caused by the erroneous transmission of election returns from one of the polling precincts in the area.

Maasim mayoralty candidate Arturo Lawa yesterday said he filed a petition before the Comelec en banc in Manila for the rectification of alleged errors in the town’s voting results after the Municipal Board of Canvassers (MBoC) supposedly failed to properly count the votes cast from clustered precinct number 21 of Barangay Kablakan in Maasim. 

He claimed the MBoC erroneously counted the votes cast during the mock elections or the testing and sealing of the deployed precinct count optical scan or PCOS machine in the polling precinct and not the actual votes cast during the May 10 automated elections. 

Based on the MBoC’s official count, Lawa, who ran under administration coalition Sarangani Reconciliation and Reformation Organization-Lakas-Kampi-CMD (Sarro-Lakas), trailed the proclaimed winning mayor Jose Zamorro by only 15 votes. 

Zamorro, who ran as an independent, received 5,321 votes while Lawa only got 5,306 votes. 

But Lawa, who is an outgoing provincial board member, said it turned out that the MBOC only counted the nine votes cast during the mock polls at precinct number 21 as shown in the statement of votes that it earlier released.
He said the questioned clustered precinct, which covered four established precincts in Barangay Kablakan, had 800 registered voters, wherein 616 of them actually voted in the May 10 elections based on the copies of election returns printed from the PCOS machine.... MORE  

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/nation/20100522nat9.html


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