Comelec says Mayon eruption will not affect results of nat’l positions

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Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. Photo courtesy of The Mindanao Current
Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. Photo courtesy of The Mindanao Current

MANILA, May 7 (PNA) — The Commission on Elections said the eruption of Mayon volcano will not affect the scheduled senatorial elections on May 13.

Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes, Jr. said the incident would not affect the counting of the votes for the national positions, but it might have an effect in some municipalities in Bicol.

“I doubt whether the senatorial race will be affected by the votes from a few municipalities,” he said.

However, he admitted that they have not received a report on the effect of the eruption on the preparations there.

“I have yet to receive a report if it’s going to have an effect…probably some municipalities at best. Not the whole of Albay. It will depend on the force of the eruption,” he added.

Brillantes noted that they may postpone the proclamation of the winners in local electoral positions in areas affected.

“We either postpone the elections or cancel it altogether depending on the final results. If the congressional and mayoralty races are affected, we might not have a proclamation,” he added.

On Tuesday, a minor explosion hit the volcano killing at least four persons, but according to experts they do not expect more eruptions. (PNA)

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