91 precincts can't transmit, canvassing suspended

Subscribe Now May 15, 2013 at 08:37am

CANVASSING was suspended for four hours on Tuesday after a delay in the transmission on election results from 91 voting precincts in Davao City.

The Board of Canvassers (BOC) resumed its canvassing at 9 a.m., but BOC chair lawyer Aimee Ampoloquio had to call for a recess because of the problem on the transmission of election results.

Davao City has a total of 1,162 precincts.

Based on its notice posted at the main door of the City Council's session hall, the BOC said the 91 untransmitted voting precincts were from 60 barangays with 85 schools.

Ampoloquio said most of these voting precincts were from the far-flung barangays.

"Mas maaksyonan man sa mga election officer kung wala mi sa session kay makatawag mi, makafollow up mi ug unsay problema (Election officers can better communicate with the board of election inspectors from these 91 precincts if we are not in session)," the BOC chair told reporters.

She said there are also untransmitted election results from the voting precincts in the first district, citing problems of missing PIN codes and weak signals, among other reasons.

"Pero daghan successful transmission na ang nahitabo diri kay kusog ang signal (Many transmissions were successful because the signal in the City Council hall is strong)," she said.

For lost PIN codes, Ampoloquio said the election inspectors cannot be held liable as there is no provision in the law that sanctions them for losing their pins.

"Actually, there is even a provision kung unsa among buhaton pagmawala ang PIN kay murag expected na nga naa gyud mahitabo nga nay mawad-an ug PIN, madaot ang security key, buttons, naay mga kakulian (What we have is a provision on what to do should the PIN be lost because that can really happen). But we have the continuity plan and I'm hoping na maaddress dayon ang among problema diri sa field," she said.

To date, Ampoloquio said they cannot give partial official results as there are still more precincts that need to transmit their data.

She said, however, the results posted on the official website of the Comelec-Davao Region are considered partial and official.

The results in the Comelec-Davao Region website showed that reelectionist Representative Karlo Nograles was leading the race for first district congressional race with 118,077 votes or 66.26 percent of the total votes cast. Luis Bonguyan got 58,856 votes or 33.03 percent and Elly Pamatong had 1,282 votes or 0.72 percent of the total votes casat.

For the second district, reelectionist Representative Mylene Garcia garnered 81,587 votes or 55.04 percent, higher than her opponent Joji Bian with 65,554 votes or 44.23 percent of the total votes cast.

Meanwhile, for the City Council (first district), Mabel Acosta led with 127,132 votes; Edgar Ibuyan with 111,404; Leo Avila with 110,700; Leah Librado, 109,981; Melchor Quitain, 102,034; Nilo Abellera Jr., 95,008; Joanne Bonguyan, 93,690; and Bonifacio Militar, 90,035.

Those who led in the second district race were Louie John Bonguyan with 89,413 votes; Al Ryan Alejandre, 87,430; Danny Dayanghirang, 85,177; April Dayap, 81,872; Diosdado Mahipus, 78,284; Marissa Salvador-Abella, 75,562 votes; Tomasing Monteverde, 75,107 votes; and Jimmy Dureza with 69,764.

In the third district, Kaloy Bello led with 78,378 votes; Bernard Al-ag with 76,267; Myrna Dalodo-Ortiz with 70,746 votes; Rachel Zozobrado, 70,204 votes; Joselle Villafuerte, 59,504; Petite Principe, 57,110 votes; Bong Advincula, 55,698; and Rene Elias Lopez, 48,856 votes.

Source: sunstar.com.ph

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