The Commission on Elections reported that there were candidates in the towns of Alcantara, Catmon, Malabuyoc, San Fernando, and Sogod who have garnered the same votes. Under the law, the Comelec will have to resolve the tie either by coin toss or drawing of lots.
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Coin toss, draw by lots expected in five towns
Lorraine Mitzi A. Ambrad (The Freeman) - May 16, 2018 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines — Several candidates from five municipalities in Cebu will have to settle for luck to get their coveted positions in last Monday’s barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections after their votes tie.

The Commission on Elections reported that there were candidates in the towns of Alcantara, Catmon, Malabuyoc, San Fernando, and Sogod who have garnered the same votes. Under the law, the Comelec will have to resolve the tie either by coin toss or drawing of lots.

In Barangay Salagmaya, Alcantara, two candidates for Sangguniang Kabataan councilor tied at seventh place. The SK only needs seven elected members.

The Barangay Board of Canvassers (BBOC) made the candidates drew lots to determine who gets the last spot. In the same barangay, the second and third elected councilor also got the same number of votes.

Salagmaya is the barangay with the least voting population in the 5th class municipality of Alcantara. The village had no cellular signal.

There were also two candidates who garnered the same number of votes in Barangay Bactas in Catmon. The election officer has scheduled for Saturday a meeting between the two candidates to break the tie. The manner to go about it, as well as the names of the candidates, was withheld by the election officer.

San Fernando and Malabuyoc have each two cases of tie.

Provincial Election Supervisor Lionel Marco Castillano said those who cannot accept defeat may file their petitions before the municipal trial court in their place.

There will be varying fees, however, depending on which ballots are to be contested. (FREEMAN)

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