Sat. Apr 17th, 2021

MANILA – Blame it to a faulty voting machine and allegations of cheating.

The scheduled national election Thursday (27 February 2020) of the Philippine Councilors League (PCL) was cancelled owing to software glitches of voting machines and ripe allegations of possible, massive vote rigging.

Parties involved then agreed to set the national elections of PCL officers to a later date.

Pasay City Police Deputy Chief Lt.Col. Deanry Franciso, said tension gripped inside the SMX Convension Center in Pasay City where the election was supposed to be held because of mechanical glitches of voting machine.

It was gathered that the machines manifested irregularities especially during the time it was tested minutes before the start of elections.

When representatives from opposing parties tested the voting machines, minutes before the start of voting Friday morning, the machines printed receipts or returns with different names not preferred by the voter.

And with it, commotion ensued inside the voting area and when cooler heads prevailed opposing parties agreed to reschedule the vote.

Candidates for national chairman of the PCL were Davao City Councilor Danny Dayanghirang, who is also the incumbent national chairman and Jesciel Richard Salceda of Polangui, Albay.

Of this writing, officials of the PCL are having a dialogue with the chief of Pasay City Police and district director of the Southern Police District at a hotel near the venue.

Some reports claim, league members are accuse the camp of current PCL national chairman Danilo Dayanghirang of Davao City of rigging the election against challenger Jesciel Richard Salceda of Polangui, Albay.

Before 10 a.m. Friday, a failure of election was declared even as an ad hoc committee was formed to coordinate with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) for a new election date, which should be within 60 days from Thursday.

Relatively, the current PCL national board also formed a 3-person committee to investigate the failure of the automated poll and recommend a course of action.

And these were councilors Raul Corro of Muntinlupa City, Raymond Alvin Garcia of Cebu City, and Darwin Icay of Taguig City, all lawyers. (Ismael Amigo/sovereignph.com)

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