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Panlilio recount ends Wednesday — Comelec

Posted on: September 16, 2009

Panlilio recount ends Wednesday — Comelec
September 16, 2009 01:07:00
Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines—The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will finish the recount and revision of ballots against incumbent Governor Ed Panlilio on Wednesday, an official said on Tuesday.

Comelec commissioner Nicodemo Ferrer said he is optimistic that the 21 revision committees, composed of “revisors” from Panlilio and rival Lilia Pineda, will finish all the contested 4,683 ballot boxes and its contents “10 working days earlier than the set deadline.”

The recount and revision started on August 12.

Comelec’s Second Division, chaired by Ferrer, was given 45 days to finish the recount and thereafter, come up with ruling based on the reports, evidence and testimonials presented by both parties.

Panlilio won by a slim margin of 1,147 votes over Pineda in the 2007 elections. Pineda later filed a petition stating that votes carrying her nickname “Nanay Baby” were “misappreciated” during the counting.

In the revision of votes, the committees do an inventory of the ballot boxes against the records in the election results (ERs). Ballots will also be examined to check for irregular marks such as several handwritings appearing on one ballot or ballots having been prepared by one person based on handwriting.

“We expect the revisors to finish the recount and revision of ballots tomorrow (Wednesday). And by Friday we expect the reports from the 21 committees. Afterwards, we will have to appreciate the ballots and then issue a decision maybe in two or three months,” said Ferrer.

Results of the final recount will only be made available after a resolution is issued on the case to avoid speculations and trending of votes, said Ferrer.

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