MANILA — Three precincts in three towns will hold special polls on Saturday, May 14, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said on Thursday.
The precincts are located in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao; in Loreto, Agusan del Sur; and in Hinigaran, Negros Occidental.
According to Comelec Resolution No. 10135, dated May 12, there would be special elections on May 14.
Comelec said there were no elections held in Sultan Kudarat precinct after the ballot box containing the election paraphernalia were forcibly taken by unidentified men, which prompted the members of the Board of Election Inspectors to escape and were now “nowhere to be found”. But, the vote counting machine (VCM) was safely secured by the designated VCM Technician.
The commission said the printing of 703 official ballots have already been ordered as well as the allocation of the required election paraphernalia; while the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police have been directed to intensify efforts to secure the holding of the special polls.
On the other hand, no elections were held in Loreto, Agusan del Sur; and in Hinigaran, Negros Occidental after encountering problems with their ballots.
The poll body said the clustered precinct in Loreto lacks a total of 291 ballots as it has 746 registered voters.
A failure of election was also declared at the Hinigaran clustered precinct, with 685 registered voters for the misdelivery of official ballots last May 9. Ferdinand Patinio/PNA/northboundasia.com