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Solon files raps vs.
5 for hiking rival's votes
BY
CARLA GOMEZ

Congressman-elect Genaro Alvarez Jr. yesterday said he has filed administrative and criminal complaints against the Kabankalan City assessor, two principals, and two poll tabulators for allegedly increasing the votes of his opponent in the last election.

Alvarez won the sixth congresional seat with 70,150 votes, while his opponents Jesus Manuel Dabao had 46, 341 votes and George Lopez had 1,685.

He said he was filing the complaints as a deterrent so that those tasked with safeguarding the election returns do not resort to changing the results again in the future. Named in the complaints filed by Alvarez were members of the Kabankalan City Board of Canvassers - City Assessor Roger Gasataya and principals Bernadin Bendo and Socia Coca, and tabulators Nick Reyes and Hilda Ducanes, Alvarez said.

In his complaint-affidavit Alvarez said that in the statement of votes in document number 0005045 covering 21 precincts, the total number of registered voters was 4,100 and those who actually voted were 2,613.

The same document showed that he garnered 1,000 votes, Dabao had 1,880 and Lopez had five.

However, the total number of votes garnered by the three candidates for the position of congressman was 2,885, or 272 votes above the total number of voters, he said.

The statement of votes were certified correct by Gasataya, Bendo, Coca, Reyes and Ducanes, he said.

But closer scrutiny of the document shows that Dabao actually only garnered 882 votes, Alvarez said.

The City Board of Canvassers and the two tabulators willfully and feloniously increased the votes received by Dabao by 998 in direct violation of Republic Act 6646 (Election Code), Alvarez said.

He also said that, because of such act, he filed an administrative case against the five for conduct unbecoming of public officers, dishonesty, misrepresentation and gross misconduct during the May 14 elections in violation of RA 6646.

In the criminal complaint he filed against the five before the Regional Trial Court, he cited them for violation of RA 6646.*CPG

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