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LANAO DEL SUR, Philippines – A village chief in Taraka here won Monday’s barangay election by drawing lots Wednesday morning, November 1, ending the violence-marred exercise in this Lanao del Sur town.
Taraka election officer Abdulhakim Talib declared incumbent Barangay Buadi Amunta Chair Yasmalyn Macabando winner over her opponent, Casanoding Comadug, after both drew lots to break the tie. Macabando and Comandug tied at 59-59.
The town hall of Taraka was heavily guarded by policemen and soldiers to prevent the supporters of both politicians from fighting again.
“We were all there to provide security in case their supporters become unruly again,” said Lieutenant Yasher Hadjirulla, Taraka acting police chief.
Hadjirulla said supporters of Macabando had allegedly prevented voters from entering polling places on Monday and Tuesday, October 30 and 31, despite the presence of policemen and Army soldiers.
He said policemen and soldiers formed circles around the voters to protect them from unruly supporters who pelted them with stones.
In nearby Bayang town, voting for four villages ended Tuesday night, October 31, and the ballot boxes were brought in convoys to the town hall, where the canvassing started Wednesday morning.
Lanao del Sur Provincial Election Supervisor Udtog Tago said the winners in four barangays where voting was delayed – Linao, Tagoranao, Bialaan, and Lalapung Central – had been officially declared Wednesday morning.
Tago said the winners for barangays Cadayonan and Lumbac Cadayonan were resolved after opposing candidates withdrew from the race early Tuesday.
He said the opposing candidates for the two barangays were relatives, and decided it was in their best interests for one to give way to the other. – Rappler.com