Sitoy-Cho’s supporters stage protest, claim election fraud

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SUPPORTERS of defeated reelectionist Cordova Mayor Mary Therese “Teche” Sitoy-Cho gathered outside the Municipal Hall Monday morning, May 16, 2022, as they protest the results of the recently concluded elections.

Based on results released by the Commission on Elections (Comelec), Sitoy-Cho only garnered 17,052 votes in the May 9 local elections, while her rival, mayor-elect and incumbent Councilor Cesar “Didoy” Suan, secured 21,222 votes.

Sitoy-Cho’s supporters said Monday that Suan’s party, Lakas, had done “dirty politics” during the May 9 elections.

Sitoy-Cho ran under the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban).

The supporters said that some barangay officials, including the barangay councilors, tanods and health workers, stayed inside the polling places or precincts during the election despite it being prohibited by law.

They also claimed vote buying, adding that some voters were convinced by the opposition party to be brought to a hotel to refrain them from exercising their right to vote.

Other voters also reportedly voted several times, with the Sitoy-Cho's supporters citing the voters' hands were not inked after casting a vote.

Some teachers who served as poll workers also reportedly took a ride on the vehicles fielded by the opposition candidates.

SunStar Cebu is still trying to get the side of Suan as of this posting, Monday. (MKG)

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