Unopposed Salceda proclaimed Albay Governor amidst technical-legal constraints

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He was made to expect and believe that the electoral system would be much faster and surer for the second time around. PHOTO BY REYNARD MAGTOTO/BICOLTODAY.COM
He was made to expect and believe that the electoral system would be much faster and surer for the second time around. PHOTO BY REYNARD MAGTOTO/BICOLTODAY.COM

By Reynard Magtoto

LEGASPI CITY, 15-May-2013 (BicolToday.com) – Without an opponent, Governor Joey Salceda’s proclamation as winner had taken much technical, legal reflections and consensus among the board of Canvassers before deciding publicly.

Having been overruled by two members of the board, Chairman Atty. Romeo-Cortez proclaimed Joey Sarte Salceda as Governor of Albay Province at 10:30 am Wednesday.

According to Atty. Romeo-Cortez, “it is okay to proclaim right now amidst her difficulty to explain the possible implications of the technical side of the canvassing.”

Through Salceda’s representation, his counsel moved for his proclamation as winning candidate for the Governor of Albay despite the reported zero-vote from the National Support Center (NSC).

The Provincial Board of Canvassers already have several transmitted records from 11 municipalities and one city garnering him a 259, 804 votes.

Upon the decision of the two members, vice-chairman Antoinette P. Conjares and secretary Bebiano I. Sentillas, Atty. Romeo-Cortez then reads “ May 14, 2013, Jose Maria Salceda received 259, 804 being the highest votes receive for the said office do hereby proclaim Jose Maria Clemente Salceda as the duly elected governor of Albay.”

According to NSC, till votes did not reach at least 70%, the votes will appear zero for the particular position.

The Comelec resolution 9700 issued Tuesday also justify Salceda’s proclamation since he is unopposed.

Through the said resolution, they are permitted to proclaim the winning candidates as soon as they are able to determine that the remaining votes will no longer affect the results.

After two nights of waiting, Salceda was finally proclaimed. In the second year of execution of the automated elections, he felt that maybe at least a slight improvement over the Socratic method of raising your hands in the town plaza. [BicolToday.com]

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