CATBALOGAN CITY, Philippines – Every election in the Philippines has been marred with allegations of vote-buying, but it is rare for any candidate or political group to be held accountable for this kind of election offense.
These dynamics prove interesting in Samar province, a known election hotspot, on election day, Monday, May 9.
Samar provincial canvassers and the local Comelec has decided to go on recess Monday night, May 9, due to the inability of all precints coming from different towns to transmit election results, according to election lawyer Juan Bautista Beato Jr. Beato confirmed, however, that canvassing will resume at 9 AM on May 10 at the provncial capitol.
Beato also confirmed that one of the VCMs in Barangay Nagpapacao in Matuginao town in Samar was burned by an unidentified man.
The Comelec is now waiting for the report of the Comelec officer of Matuginao if they were able to conduct elections and if they were able to transmit the elections results before it was burned.
Beato said the Comelec will declare a failure of elections if the votes in Matuginao were not transmitted.
Rappler Eastern Visayas Mover Derek Alviola files this VLOG. – Rappler.com
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