PADRE BURGOS, Quezon: This sleepy town will soon be writing history as the first municipality here to ask for a recount of votes over suspicious counting of ballots for the mayoralty post.
Independent mayoralty candidate Nora Hernandez said they are poised to file a recount protest questioning the results of the canvassing by the municipal board of canvassers (MBoC), where a slim margin of 56 votes was recorded between her and incumbent Mayor Roger Panganiban.
According to the official count by the MBoC, Hernandez obtained 4,266 votes, against reelectionist Panganiban, who got 4,322. Panganiban (of United Nationalist Alliance) was immediately proclaimed winner on Tuesday.
Hernandez said she was ahead by 506 votes against Panganiban in 15 barangays. However, a suspicious delay of the transmittal of the canvas happened, and when votes from the other three barangays came in, Panganiban was ahead by 56 votes.
Upon learning of the slim difference in the results, about 800 supporters of Hernandez trooped to the town hall, and urged their candidate to file a protest claiming alleged irregularities during the canvassing of votes.
“Hindi kami papayag na ganun-ganun na lamang ang mangyayari dahil malaki ang aming paniniwala na sa umpisa pa lang ay sure win na si Nora [We will not allow that to happened because we strongly believe that Nora was a sure winner from the start],” said one of her supporters during the rally.
Padre Burgos has 22 barangays with 13, 348 registered voters. The total votes cast on Monday were 10, 200.