Poll watchers file charges against Lanao del Sur Mayor, AFP personnel for election violations

Poll watchers file charges against Lanao del Sur Mayor, AFP personnel for election violations

Poll Watchers Jahanisa Umpara, Aliya Makabangkit, Sharon Umpara, and Jalfa Umapara cries as they expose the alleged election fraud committed by Mayor-elect Allan Lao during election in Lumbatan town in Lanao del Sur.
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By Rjhay E Laurea

MANILA — Poll watchers from Lumbatan, Lanao del Sur formally made public the alleged election violation committed by Lanao del Sur Mayor-elect Allan Lao and several members of the 103rd Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army during the May 9 Local and National Elections.

In a press conference on Monday, the group legal counsel Atty. Bayan Balt said they will file charges against Lao and assigned military personnel as they connive in election fraud. She was joined by poll watchers, Aliah Macabangkit, Sharon Umpara, Jahanisa Umpara, Jalpha Umpara, Rajib Mua, and Mohammad Omar who are all assigned to the precinct where the crime was committed.

They bolstered their claim with videos wherein it will be seen that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) personnel took over the ballots and a VCM from the hands of the poll watchers and during the melee, the soldiers allegedly fired their guns.

Documents showed mayoralty candidate Lominog Lao Jr., gained zero votes in the most precinct including in the assigned precinct where he and his family is voting.

Atty. Balt said she will file a petition to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for the annulment of election results in the six affected barangays, among them Picotaan (659 voting population), Minanga (536), Tambac (997), Lunay (959), Pantar (898), and Madaya (898).

Lao, the incumbent Mayor, runs for re-election against his cousin Lominog Lao Jr. The Lumbatan town has 21 barangays with a total of 14,000 voters. (er/ai/mtvn)

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