Special elections in some towns in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and in other areas have no effect on the results for national positions, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said Wednesday.
Comelec Commissioner Rene Sarmiento said although they expect around 80,000 voters in Thursday’s special elections, they don’t expect this to affect the results for president, vice president and even for senators.
“This will affect the local, meaning congressional, mayor, vice mayor, councilors and party-lists,” he said.
The special elections will be held in a total of seven municipalities in Lanao del Sur (all precincts), as well as in Poblacion, Glan, Saranggani (1); Buenos Aires, Pagsanghan, Western Samar (1); Al-Barka, Basilan (7); and Maluso, Basilan (2).
Sarmiento, meantime, revealed that the holding of the special elections would entail additional logistical expenses as well as the re-leasing of the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines.
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