BACOLOD CITY, May 14 (PNA) — Reelectionist Governor Alfredo Maranon Jr. asks everyone to set aside differences and begin to move forward as he continuously leads over his opponent based on the partial and official canvass of votes Tuesday.
Marañon enjoys a lead of about 130,000 votes over Nationalist People’s Coalition gubernatorial bet Genaro Alvarez based on the election returns from 21 towns and cities throughout the province.
“I am elated with the turnout of ballots in the same manner that I’m doubly happy with the generally peaceful polls,” Marañon said.
“The people have spoken. Let us respect the will of the Negrenses. For now, let’s continue our prayers that the casting of votes will soon be over without major glitches until all rightful winners are proclaimed.”
“In closing, we are thanking the Negrenses for their firm support to the 11-point Negros First Agenda that we have fought for. God Bless every one”, he said.
Meanwhile, Provincial Election Supervisor Atty. Wil Arceno said that proclamation of provincial winners will most likely be made by Wednesday morning.
“In as much as he wanted it done last night, there were still problems in some areas,” Arceno said referring to areas were defective compact flash cards were found.
“As of this time, not even one district in the entire province has completed the transmission of votes,” he added.
Negros Occidental has posted the highest percentage of transmission rate (65 percent) in Western Visayas as of 5:00 pm.
The local government units that have completed the transmission of votes were Talisay Citg, Hinigaran, Valladolid, San Enrique, Murcia, La Castellana, Manapla, Sagay City, Candoni, Sipalay City, Pontevedra, Escalante City, Ilog, Isabela, Moises Padilla, Don Salvador Benedicto, Himamaylan City, Toboso, EB Magalona, Cadiz City and Valladolid. (PNA)