SC backs manual recount in Negros Oriental gubernatorial race

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Friday, January 24, 2014

THE Supreme Court (SC) has ordered the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to proceed with the manual recount of the votes cast in the gubernatorial race in Negros Oriental on May 13, 2013.

In a decision, the SC said Governor Roel Degamo failed to prove that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) committed grave abuse of discretion when it found the petition of losing candidate Margarito Teves to be "sufficient in form and substance."

Teves, finance secretary to then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, placed third in the polls with 148,604 votes. Degamo received 212,252 votes while former Negros Oriental representative Jocelyn Limkaichong had 161,361.

Around 200 sealed ballot boxes are currently under the custody of the Provincial Treasurer, which will be used for the recount of the votes tallied by the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines.

Reports said Teves was directed by the Comelec to deposit P3.1 million to defray the cost of the recount. (Sunnex)

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