By Elmer James Bandol
LEGAZPI CITY, 15-May-2013 (BicolToday.com) – Despite zero registration of the official canvass early today, Wednesday, and the lack of CF cards in 7 precincts to read votes, the Provincial Board of Canvassers (PBC) here has pronounced unopposed Albay Governor Joey S. Salceda as “winner” for the gubernatorial race, the first candidate to be officially proclaimed by the COMELEC.
“Even one vote for him, is enough to proclaim him winner” said COMELEC Provincial Supervisor, Mae Ann Cortes, who is also the chairman of the Board of Election Inspectors (BEI), when interviewed by the local media following her raising of Salceda’s hands at theSangguniangPanglalawigan Session Hall here.
Despite lack of CF cards to read votes turn out from precincts of the cities of Ligao and Tabaco, including the towns of Malinao, Malilipot, Tiwi, Camalig and Polangui, Cortez explained that under COMELC Resolution No. 970, the unopposed candidate could be proclaimed.
According to Cortez, CF cards will come from Manila to read the votes from still uncanvassed precincts, however, she pronounced that there are 11 towns and one city in Albay where votes had been canvassed by the local Board of Canvassers, the same reason she mentioned of Salceda’sproclamation even the official provincial canvass is still zero.
Cortes also informed the media that more than 70 per cent of the total provincial results had been canvassed by the city and municipal board of canvassers.
Meanwhile, after convening the PBC, following the announcement of Cortez, this prompted Atty. Ian Macasinag to move for the official proclamation of incumbent congressman Al Francis C. Bichara of Albay second district, however, was immediately denied by the Board until its next session. [BicolToday.com]