THE Supreme Court (SC) has given the Commission on Elections (Comelec) the go signal for a manual recount of the votes cast in the gubernatorial race in Negros Oriental in May 2013.
In a full court ruling, the tribunal dismissed the petition filed by Gov. Roel Degamo against the Comelec orders finding the protest filed by former Finance Secretary Margarito “Gary” Teves “to be sufficient in form and substance.”
About two hundred sealed ballot boxes are currently in the custody of the provincial treasurer.
Teves’ camp filed an election protest before the Comelec against Degamo praying for a manual recount to validate or repudiate the reading of the Precinct Count Optical Scan machines.
The poll body paved the way for the manual counting, prompting Degamo to ask redress before the high court.
But the tribunal held in the decision that Degamo failed “to sufficiently show that [the Comelec]committed grave abuse of discretion in admitting, as integral parts of the petition in the election protest, the evidentiary documents appended to [Teves’] manifestation dated May 30, 2013 and in finding the subject petition sufficient in form.”