Dagupan elections extended till Wednesday
By Venus H. Sarmiento
Dagupan City (26 October) -- Only 12 out of the 31 barangays of the city pushed through with the barangay and sangguniang kabataan elections yesterday. The remaining 19 barangays where elections were postponed due to the 40,000 missing ballots will conduct their elections tomorrow, October 27.
City election officer Remarque Ravanzo said he was assured by the Comelec main office that the ballots will arrive today.
"We received an early call assuring us that the ballots will arrive today. Sana lang maagang dumating para maibigay sa city treasury at ma-sort nilang maaga," Ravanzo said.
He said the city sent a report to the Comelec main office yesterday indicating the number of registered voters for the 19 barangays, totaling 40,777.
With typhoon Katring threatening to invade North Luzon by tomorrow, Ravanzo said the long delayed elections will push through tomorrow, rain or shine.
Asked if the Comelec was able to trace the missing ballots, Ravanzo said the issue was the topic during the meeting of the Comelec en banc. "Pinatawag nila lahat ng taong involved sa shipping, allocation at delivery but they cannot determine where it went," he said.
He added that it would be too late to continue searching for the missing ballots. Instead new ballots were printed.
As for the declaration of a holiday, Ravanzo said Comelec requested the Department of Interior and Local Government to authorize the mayor to declare holiday in the affected areas. He said they also requested President Benigno Aquino to declare holiday today or tomorrow in the affected areas.
The Comelec officer said the elections in the 12 barangays went smoothly yesterday from casting of votes to counting and canvassing. Seven of the 12 villages have already transmitted their list of winners to the city Comelec as early as 6 a.m. today. The following barangay captains were proclaimed winners in their areas: Danilo Caras (Barangay Uno), Alex Claveria (Caranglaan), Salvacion Bravo (Herrero), Pedro Gonzales (Bonuan Binloc), Rosendo Tamayo (Malued), Ricardo Dela Cruz (Pugaro) and Wilfredo Salayog (Tambac).
Complaints that reached his office yesterday were the usual complaints of not finding names in the list and allegations of violations where candidates enter the polling centers. (PIA-Pangasinan) [top]