Hataman declared winner in Sumisip mayoralty contest PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 14 March 2011 15:12

With the strict security measures adopted by both the police and the military, the special election held in Barangay Lower Cabengbeng in Sumisip, Basilan last March 12 was peaceful and orderly with Saliman “Boy” Hataman emerging as the newly elected mayor of the said town.

Boy Hataman, elder brother of former Anak Mindanao Partylist Representative Mujiv Hataman won over Haber Asarul by 211  votes. Hataman garnered 8, 393 votes while Asarul only got 8,182.
In the May 2010 election, Asarul was proclaimed as the elected mayor of Sumisip but after Comelec declared a failure of election in one of the barangays (Lower Cabengbeng), Asarul’s proclamation was annulled pending the result of the special election last Saturday.

Newsmen who covered last Saturday’s special poll encountered difficulties during and after the balloting. Because it was raining, Comelec officials, soldiers, newsmen and policemen coming from Zamboanga del Sur and from Basilan, had to walk five kilometers from Barangay Tumahubong  to Lower Cabengbeng as their vehicles could negotiate the muddy and hilly road.

Authorities were all over the place to ensure that no one from among both camps (Hataman and Asarul) will disrupt the election.

It was a successful poll because the number of policemen and soldiers were greater than those who actually cast their votes, according to Ely Dumaboc of Net 25.

Of the 927 registered voters, only 581 actually cast their votes and Asarul garnered the most votes of 363 while Hataman got 202.

However, in the overall counting, including the result of the May14, 2011 elections, Hataman garnered more votes than Asarul.

Because of the tense situation in the area, Comelec officials led by Atty. Sormieda decided to take all the ballot boxes to Tumahubong where the counting was done and finished around 1:00 a.m.

At 3:30 a.m. yesterday, Comelec officially proclaimed Hataman as the winner. — Jimmy Villaflores