The vote count in Silay City, Negros Occidental, that was delayed by defective secure data (SD) cards is finally over.
At past midnight, Mayor Mark Golez was declared the winner for a second term with 24,015 votes against former mayor Jose “Oti” Montelibano who garnered 22,802 votes and Joedith Gallego with 19,044.
But the winning governor, vice governor, and the board members and representatives of five districts of Negros Occidental still could not be proclaimed yesterday.
This was caused by the delay in the arrival of replacement secure digital (SD) cards needed to complete the vote count in the first, second, third, fourth and sixth districts, Provincial Election Supervisor Salud Milagros Villanueva said.
As of noon yesterday defective cards were reported to be stalling vote counts in San Carlos and Escalante cities in the first district, Cadiz City in the second district, Victorias, Silay and Talisay cities in the third district, Bago City in the fourth district, and Sipalay City in the sixth district, she said.
“We are doing our very best to expedite the process but at the end of the day we are dependent on the replacement of the defective SD cards,” she said.
She said she fully supports the call for additional pay for those serving as members of electoral boards in the precincts where defective SD cards have been reported, who have had to wait to batch feed the ballots into vote counting machines.
“It is justifiable as it is proper,” she said.*
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