The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has dismissed the electoral protest filed against Caloocan City Mayor Oscar Malapitan by former mayor Enrico Echiverri.
The Comelec’s First division said the complaint was insufficient in form and format.
The decision that reached the office of Malapitan on Thursday was signed by Commissioner Christian Robert Lim and concurred in by Commissioners Luiz Tito Guia and Ma. Rowena Amelia Guanzon.
Malapitan was declared the winner of the mayoralty fight in Caloocan in May. He got more than 300,000 votes while Echiverri received more than 160,000 votes.
In its ruling, the Comelec said Echiverri did not back up his electoral protest by mention the precincts and the number of votes that he is questioning.
In his protest filed on June 25, Echiverri accused Malapitan of winning the mayoralty contest through massive vote buying.
But because his complaint was made on the basis of a sweeping statement, the poll body dismissed the poll protest.