Faulty CF cards cause delay in Calbayog City
CALBAYOG CITY, Philippines—The canvassing of election results in Calbayog City was postponed due to 5 defective compact flash (CF) cards.
According to OIC City Election officer Atty. Fidel Amacna, the canvassing of election results will resume with the arrival of the 5 replacement CF cards on May 17, Friday. This was after Atty. Anicieto Guades of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) proposed to continue the recess until the cards arrived.
“I know that we are all prolonging our agony,” said Amacna.
A representative of the Tutol party also suggested switching to a manual count, but the Board of Canvassers declined.
They explained that it was against the rules to do manual counting because the ballots might be tampered. Only the election returns are allowed to be used in canvassing.
It’s a tight mayoral race with incumbent mayor Ronald Aquino leading the count with a margin of 27, 473 votes, closely followed by Angel Tan with a margin of 26,410 votes as of 4:15 pm of May 15.
Results of the voting from the 5 faulty CF cards could make or break the candidacy of either Tan or Aquino.
The faulty cards came from barangays Binaliw, Cag-anahaw, San Policarpo, Cabigahan, and Balud with a total voting population of 3,035. - Rappler.com
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