LUCBAN, Quezon: About 3,000 registered voters failed to cast their votes here after they could not locate their names in the official list, in addition to glitches incurred by the vote counting machines (VCMs), and questionable ballots, which prompted the incumbent mayor to request for a failure of elections.
Reelectionist municipal mayor Celso Olivier Dator said he manifested a request to the local Commission on Elections (Comelec) to declare a failure of elections after the number of complaints steadily rose, reaching thousands as of 11 a.m. on Monday.
Dator said they have received complaints ranging from missing names in the official list, VCMs not functional and massive vote buying.
At about 2 p.m., the number of complainants reached about 4,000, fearing that they could no longer cast their votes.
Dator, running under the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) added that there were also reports of massive cheating, including names not found in the list, though the voters had their biometrics taken.
He also revealed there were also ballots marked for Bulacan but delivered here.
Local Comelec acting election officer Ronald Rosales, however, told The Manila Times, that he already issued certifications to all voters who were on the list but previously were denied by the Board of Election Inspectors (BEI), barring the concept of declared failure of elections.
However, since the certifications were issued past 2 p.m., almost 3,000 from the 4,000 voters/complainants still failed to vote.
Lucban has a total 28,000 registered voters.