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Ballot box found in swamp

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By MB Online

A ballot box containing official ballots was found floating on water in Datu Salibo, Maguindanao.

FLOATING BALLOT BOX. Residents of Datu Salibo, Maguindanao show the election paraphernalia found inside a ballot box recovered from the marshy area at the back of Datu Salibo town hall (inset) by a fisherman on Friday, June 14, 2019. (Photo by Sam Esmael of Datu Salibo, Maguindanao/ PNA PHOTO/ MANILA BULLETIN).

 Residents of Datu Salibo, Maguindanao show the election paraphernalia found inside a ballot box recovered from the marshy area at the back of Datu Salibo town hall by a fisherman on Friday, June 14, 2019. (Photo by Sam Esmael of Datu Salibo, Maguindanao/ PNA PHOTO/ MANILA BULLETIN).

Resident Moadz Mindao was supposed to go fishing at a swamp near Barangay Sambulawan when he saw the ballot box floating.

“Nakita ko ang itim nagulat ako sunod ang katawan puti. Ang sabi ko baka buwaya tapos nakita ko ang nakasulat Commission on Elections, Republic of the Philippines,” Mindao said in an interview with ABS CBN News.

The election officer of Datu Salibo however said that it has no effect in the May 13 polls results citing there were only about 5,000 out of 9,504 registered voters in Datu Salibo who voted last election.

The box contained 1,778 ballots of registered voters.

Solaiman Sandigan was proclaimed as the town mayor with 2,729 votes.

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