Cancellation of Zamcelco directors poll triggers row PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 07 August 2012 14:59

Zamcelco President Elbert “Bong” Atilano Sr. yesterday asked NEA’s (National Electrification Administration) representative and Zamcelco’s Officer-in-Charge Charito Mabitazan to explain to the board the grounds as to why he decided to cancel the special elections in District 5 and 10 without the board’s approval.
Atilano reiterated during a press conference yesterday that any election for the cooperative’s board of directors is purely an affair of the board and not by the management.

“As much as possible, we want the election to push through. But I wonder why a notice was made through a press release cancelling such without informing the board,” Atilano said as he put all the blame on Mabitazan and probably any other Zamcelco officials who have received the NEA’s recommendation for the cancellation of the election.

Atilano explained that he personally and officially received NEA’s letter only last Sunday, the supposed scheduled election day for the concerned districts. NEA’s letter was addressed to Atilano.

NEA’s Deputy Administrator for Electrification Distribution Utilities Services Edgardo Piamonte in his letter cited some reasons which he believesare  valid grounds for the cancellation of the elections.

The letter states “For districts I, V, IX and X wherein the term of office is less than 2 years, the Board shall appoint through a resolution, the successor to the vacant position from among the nominees submitted by the Multi-Sectoral Electrification Advisory Council of the district where the vacancy occurs, subject to the confirmation of the NEA.” It was dated July 27, 2012.

Atilano said that he sees no problem with the letter only it reached to him last Sunday.

The cancellation of the election was questioned by District 10 candidate Leopoldo Toribio of Barangay Sangali. Through his lawyer, Toribio will bring the matter before the proper forum.

“We respect the rights of the candidates especially those who are questioning the cancellation of the election. But the board should not be blamed on this because it’s the management that cancelled it,” Atilano explained.

He further explained that while it is true that board of directors in Districts 1 and 9 will be done through appointment, but Districts 5 and 10 should have been pushed through because the positions were left vacant for the past three years already.

“The issue is more on the interpretation of the cooperative’s law on vacancy. But if Mabitazan did not act on that, probably the election had pushed through,” Atilano said. — Jimmy Villaflores