Defective sandisk cards delay Isabela winners’ proclamation PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 13 May 2016 11:40

By RICHARD FALCATAN

Defective sandisk (SD) cards have put on hold for the fourth straight day on Thursday the proclamation of winners in Isabela City, Basilan province

The SD cards of five polling precincts were found to be empty when inserted into the laptop computer for canvassing and transmission to the provincial board of canvassers by the city board of canvassers, thus, delaying the proclamation of winners.

The empty SD cards were that of the polling precincts in the barangays of Isabela proper, Calvario and Busay. This city has a total of 116 polling precincts.

Jamju Rivera, provincial government administrative officer V, said the Board of Canvassers adjourned on Thursday afternoon and decided to adopt the first of two options at hand to be able to proceed with the canvassing and proclamation of winners the soonest time possible.

Rivera said the Board of Canvassers arrived with the decision since there was no reply when they referred the problem to the Commission on Elections (Comelec)-central office.

Rivera said the option adopted by the Board of Canvassers is to get new SD cards at the Comelec regional office in Zamboanga City to be able to continue with the canvassing of votes.

Rivera said the new SD cards will be inserted into the Vote Counting Machines (VCMs) to get the data. It will be then inserted into the computer for canvassing and transmission to the provincial board of canvassers.

Rivera said the second option available is for manual feeding of the SD cards based on the election returns of the five precincts.

He said the election returns have already been authenticated by the Board of Election Inspectors as well as the representatives of the contending parties.

He added the Board of Canvassers is expected to resume the canvassing of votes tomorrow, Friday, once the new SD cards will arrive from Zamboanga City.

Meanwhile, he said the votes of the leading mayoralty candidate, Al-Qaid Akbar of the administration’s Liberal Party (LP) and his running mate, incumbent Mayor Cherrylyn Santos-Akbar, will no longer be affected even if the votes of the remaining polling precincts will be canvassed.

Rivera said Akbar is leading against his opponent, incumbent Vice Mayor Abdulbaki Ajibon, by more than 2,600 votes. The uncanvassed precincts have a total of 1,100 votes.

He said Mayor Akbar is leading against her opponent by a wide margin of votes. She is on her last term of office as the mayor of Isabela City. — Richard Falcatan