Comelec slates ComVal special elections

Davao City (PNA) - The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has decided to hold a special election in the municipality of Compostela in Compostela Valley (ComVal) province as the two mayoral candidates are in a tight race.

Comelec Regional Director Wilfred Jay Balisado said they are set to conduct a special election in the polling precincts at the Gabi Elementary School as more than 800 ballots were interchanged with the ballots that were meant for a barangay (village) in Baguio City.

"The votes are still very significant because of the tight competition among the two mayoral aspirants," Balisado said.

Mayoralty candidates Lema Bolo and Dolfo Ang were in a tight competition, with Bolo having a very slim advantage of six with 13,093 votes over Ang's 13,087 votes.

Balisado said there is no difference between the regular midterm election and the special election.

"The board of election inspectors will follow the same guidelines, and voters will still undergo the same process.

The election officers in that polling center has already requested the Municipal Board of Canvassers to wait for the results of the voting in Barangay Gabi, he said.

Barangay Balisado is also relying on Air 21 to transport the official ballots as soon as possible so that they could start with the voting process in the said polling center by Thursday.

He also reminded the mayoralty candidates to avoid initiating any campaign schemes while waiting for the official ballots to arrive.

It was learned that the incident affected voters from the voting precinct at the Gabi Elementary School, and an undetermined number of voters at the Rizal Elementary School in Benguet.

Earlier, a Comelec officer in Baguio allegedly declared a failure of election arising from the switching incident.