HIGHLIGHTS: Special election for Cavite 7th District representative

HIGHLIGHTS: Special election for Cavite 7th District representative

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Registered voters of Cavite’s 7th District troop to the polls on Saturday, February 25, to cast a ballot for their next congressman.

The winner of the special election will fill the seat in the House of Representatives vacated by former lawmaker Jesus Crispin “Boying” Remulla, who has been appointed justice secretary of the Marcos administration barely two weeks after he won the congressional election unopposed.

Republic Act No. 7166 or the electoral reforms law empowers the Commission on Elections to hold a special election for a legislative seat if there is still at least one year left in the lawmaker’s term. 

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Electoral boards submit election results and materials to municipal canvassing centers

When to expect Cavite 7th district congressional election results

Dwight de Leon

Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman George Garcia said the local board of canvassers in the towns of Amadeo, Indang, and Tanza, and Trece Martires City will finish tallying the votes on Saturday night, February 25.

These local poll workers will manually transmit the results to the provincial board of canvassers (PBOC), which will only serve as a reception group for the rest of the evening.

“[The PBOC] may start canvassing and eventually proclaim the winner between 8 am and 10 am tomorrow (Sunday, February 26),” Garcia said.

Comelec: Majority of voters cast ballot in Cavite special election

Dwight de Leon

Around 50% to 53% of the 355,184 registered voters in Cavite’s 7th district participated in the special congressional election on Saturday, February 25, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) reported.

“It is welcome news that the majority of the 355,000 people here voted,” Comelec Chairman George Garcia said in Filipino. 

Voter turnout for Cavite special election reached 50 to 53 percent

Dwight de Leon

Comelec: Voting officially closed at 7 pm

Dwight de Leon

Closing of voting and printing of election returns

Closing procedures underway

Last hour of voting

Dwight de Leon

Casquejo: Comelec anticipated, adequately prepared for poll hiccups due to ‘senior citizen’ VCMs

Dwight de Leon

Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Marlon Casquejo said the poll body had received only a “few” reports of automated election hiccups during the Cavite 7th district congressional election on Saturday, February 25.

Casquejo has yet to provide the exact number, but he said the glitches were anticipated by the Comelec, so they had adequately come up with contingency measures.

“We [have been using] these machines since the 2016 elections, so they are old. In other words, it’s like they are senior citizens already,” he said. “But we are using it in this special election to save money, and the results will be faster compared to a manual election.”

The Comelec has a 1:1 school-to-backup VCM ratio to enable poll workers to immediately replace any malfunctioning machine, Comelec spokesman Rex Laudiangco said.  

Tanza residents cast votes at Maximino V. Pangilinan Elementary School