Special elections for 19,000 voters held

Special elections for 19,000 voters held

The Commission on Elections is holding special elections on Saturday, May 14 in 55 clustered precincts for 19,000 voters, after declaring failure of elections in these areas last May 9.

Reasons for the failure of elections include technical malfunctions, logistical concerns, and election-related violence.

In a Western Samar precinct, elections failed after three armed men burned a vote-counting machine (VCM) and destroyed all election paraphernalia around 3:25 PM on May 9.

Insufficient ballots disenfranchised 436 voters in Barangay Gabi in Cordova, Cebu. The polling precinct ran out of official ballots after the Comelec allowed voters to get a replacement one if the VCM rejected their original ballot.

In Kayawan Primary School in Sulu, failure of elections was declared after election inspectors did not show up on election day.

According to Comelec spokesman James Jimenez, the proclamation of new senators and party-list groups will be held after tallying the results of Saturday's special elections.

He said the proclamation might be held on Tuesday, May 17 or Thursday, May 19.

Precincts with special elections

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