Comelec to Oriental Mindoro voters: Lone aspirants still need your vote
CALAPAN CITY — One vote will do, or none at all.
This seems to be what the Commission on Elections (Comelec) is trying to imply to local folks here as it advised this week Mindoreños that electorates still need to cast their votes, even if the three local electoral candidates of Oriental Mindoro are running unopposed in the coming polls.
Otherwise, Atty. John Mark R. Tambasacan, Comelec-Oriental Mindoro provincial supervisor, stated in an interview here the other day that if no vote is cast in their (candidates running unopposed) favor, the candidates cannot be declared winners in their respective positions.
Comelec records show that there are no other political candidates in Oriental Mindoro who filed their certificate of candidacy (COC) for the positions of congressman of its second district, governor and vice-governor, except the incumbents Congressman Reynaldo V. Umali, Governor Alfonso V. Umali, Jr. and Vice-Gov. Humerlito A. Dolor.
The Umali brothers, Reynaldo and Alfonso, and Dolor are all running for the second term of their respective position.
There are no immediate available data at present as to how many voters expected to cast their ballots in Oriental Mindoro for the 2013 national and local elections as the concerned government agencies – Comelec, National Statistics Office and the provincial government – have yet to sum up all the data gathered during the last day of the filing of voters in this island province.
However, based on the last election year, 2010, there were 407,914 registered voters in Oriental Mindoro, the center of Region 4B or MIMAROPA (Mindoro-Marinduque-Romblon and Palawan) Region.
Said province has the second largest registered voters in Region 4-B so far and second only to Palawan province, which has 535,279 voters as of this date.( By JUANCHO R. MAHUSAY)