NO TERM-SHARING AGREEMENT
LINGAYEN—Ties in votes of candidates in the May 14 elections will be settled right away in the polling places with or without the presence of the involved candidates, Provincial Elections Supervisor Marino Salas has announced.
He said the ties would be settled through drawing of lots.
Provincial Elections Supervisor Salas (center) holds a final briefing with his city and municipal election officers. (Punchphoto by Leonardo Micua)
“We want to break the tie right there and then. Kung ayaw nila, the drawing of lots will proceed as long as the involved parties have been notified,” said Salas.
If the involved parties are not in the polling place, the board of election tellers will order a policeman to look for the parties and notify them about the drawing of lots.
If the candidate does not appear despite the notice, the drawing of lots will proceed without him or her present.
In past barangay elections, the tie-breaking process usually happens days after the election.
Salas pointed out the in the past some suggested a term-sharing instead of breaking the tie but he warned that term-sharing is not provided in the election law.
Meanwhile, Salas believes that the elections in bigger barangays might be extended beyond 3 p.m. because this is the first time in the history of the country’s elections that the 18-year old up to 30-year old voters are made to vote twice.
He said that it’s possible that results of elections in bigger barangays, such as Bonuan Gueset in Dagupan City, may not be known until the next morning because of the volume of votes to be counted and the late closing of voting.
Meanwhile, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) has assured that there will be no brownout before, during and after the elections.
The NGCP already asked power producers to refrain from doing systems maintenance three days before and three days after the elections. (Leonardo Micua)
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