A special election for 685 voters in Barangay Palayog, Hinigaran, will begin at 6 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. today, town election officer Sheila Mae Sol said yesterday.
The holding of the special election is necessary for the proclamation of the top officials of Negros Occidental that is targeted to be held tonight, or, at worst, early Sunday morning, Provincial Election Supervisor Ian Lee Ananoria said.
The automated voting in Palayog will allow for the swift counting of votes so the results, along with that of the rest of Hinigaran, can then be transmitted to the Provincial Board of Canvassers, Sol said.
There have been unconfirmed reports of increased vote buying in the barangay as the election today will affect the winning of several town councilors.
On Wednesday, Sol proclaimed Jose Nadie Arceo the winning mayor of Hinigaran and Teresita Gabrido as vice mayor without the returns from the Barangay Palayog precinct as the 685 votes there would not affect their win.
The complete Hinigaran votes are needed to enable the proclamations of the town's councilors, Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson and the top officials of the fifth district of Negros Occidental, provincial election supervisor Ian Lee Ananoria said.
Voting in the Barangay Palayog, Hinigaran precinct did not take place Monday because its ballots had been mistakenly delivered to Borongan, Eastern Samar, he said.
Also affected by the failure to transmit returns from Palayog are the proclamations of Rep. Alejandro Mirasol and Board Members Alain Gatuslao and Renato Malabor Jr. of the fifth district.
Also waiting to be proclaimed with the governor are his allies from the second district.
They are Rep. Leo Rafael Cueva and board member bets Salvador Escalante and Jongben Mirhan, who ran unopposed, and David Lacson who won as provincial board member of the third district.*CPG
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