The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will start the recount of the ballots cast in the contested precincts in Compostela, Cebu this month unless the Supreme Court (SC) issues an order to stop it.
Cebu Provincial Election Supervisor Lionel Marco Castillano said their target date for the recount is on July 14. He said they are just waiting for the clarification from Comelec in Manila on what rules they are going to use and the composition of the Board of Canvassers.
“We have to follow the order of the Comelec en banc. We have to re-canvass the ballots so the issue will be put to an end,” Castillano said.
Earlier, Rep. Ramon “Red” Durano VI said the camp of mayoralty candidate Joel Quiño will file a petition for certiorari before the SC because the Comelec en banc order for recount is highly irregular.
Durano said the ballots cast were already canvassed and Quiño won. The same ballots cast were also counted for the governor and board members.
“Why should the Comelec en banc deprive the Compostela people of the services of the leaders they’ve chosen in a peaceful and automated election?” Durano said.