Puerto Princesa City- The sealing of the initial 69 ballot boxes to be used in the recount has been delayed.
Lawyer Winston Gonzales, counsel of Puerto Princesa Mayor Lucilo Bayron, said because of the delay in the sealing, “it can’t be sent yet to the Commission on Elections in Manila.”
The ballot boxes was scheduled to be sent to Manila today.
The sealing conducted in the City Treasurer’s Office at the City Hall took seven hours amid strict security measures at the venue.
The door of the room where the ballots were stored were sealed and signed by representatives from both parties to ensure no one will move the ballot boxes.
“Sinelyuhan natin ‘yung pintuan para malaman natin kung may nagbukas sa pintuan at may nagbalak na galawin ang mga balota,” Gonzales said.
The COMELEC has approved the petition of former City Mayor Edward Hagedorn for recount of the votes casted in the last May 8 recall election.