Tension rises in Silay City due to delayed canvassing

BACOLOD CITY, May 14 (PNA) — The delay in the canvassing of votes has intensified the tension between two contesting political parties in Silay City in Negros Occidental Tuesday.

Provincial election supervisor Atty. Wil Arceno explained that the delay in canvassing of votes was due to four defective back-up compact flash cards in four clustered precincts in the area.

But Arceno said the candidates were blaming the Board of Election Canvassers and Board of Election Inspectors for the delay claiming it was “intentional.”

Arceno said tension was inevitable knowing that the partial and official results showed very slim margin between the two mayoralty candidates in Silay City.

As of 11:45 a.m., reelectionist City Mayor Jose Montelibano of the Liberal Party garnered 24,497 votes or a lead of 530 votes over Carlo Gamban of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) who had 23,967 votes.

For the position of vice mayor, candidate Mark Golez of United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) took an early lead with 34,467 while his rival independent candidate July Ledesma has 5,975 votes.

For the members of the Sangguniang Panlunsod, the candidates who were in magic 12 were: Joedith Gallego (LP) – 25,884, Toto Celis (LP) – 22,222, Darryl Hinolan (NPC) – 21,589, Solo Locsin (LP) – 20,661, Renato Doloso (LP) – 19,146, Jimmy Mayo (LP) – 18,450, Mykol Velez (NPC) – 18,127, Uldarico Panuela (LP) – 16,881, Edgar Maravilla (UNA) – 16,679, Aileen Javier (NPC) – 15,973, Duddy Segovia (NPC) – 14,523, and Warlito Go (LP) – 14,201.

Arceno said he requested for the replacement of defective memory cards from their central office in Metro Manila.

The new memory cards are expected to arrive in the province this afternoon and official hoped they could proclaim the winners before midnight. (PNA)



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