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Local Election give Hopes to Voters

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By Glynn Galla

Sugbongcogon Mis. Or. , Philippines- At exactly 6:00 am on May 9, 2016 the polling precincts open to serve the voters who line up as early as 4:00 am. In Sugbongcogon Elementary School with 7,000 registered voters, the COMELEC had prepared a huge voter’s list board where they can easily find their polling precinct, however it was a unorganized line where in a flock of excited voters’ had no proper lane where to start the line. Due to hot temperature and huge line up most of the voters had sneak into the line making the wait times longer, shortly after the line has started to move, a dump truck filled with voters from the high lands, came to vote also. It was an approximately 2 hours wait time since the Board of Elections Inspector or BEI has to priority the seniors citizens, person with disability and heavily pregnant women. It was around noon time when the lineup was back to normal. Around 9:03 pm when the Comelec and the BEI decided to move Couple of VCM or the Vote Counting Machine to the Municipal Building from its pooling precinct due to weak signal of the transmission of the vote results. The VCM were guarded by men in uniform, the while the pool watcher, PPCRV or pastoral made sure that every electoral procedure is being observe. Front runner Mildred Lagbas is leading the exit polls against her rival mayoralty opponent uncle Benedict Lagbas. All the results were transmitted to the national headquarter in COMELEC to facilitate to National Canvassing. With total 54,363,844 number of registered voters for the Philippine Election all were hoping for a more transparent and anti-corrupt government for the next 6 years.










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