This year’s Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE) is officially over following the completion of voting and canvassing of votes across the country’s 42,001 barangays, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) said on Wednesday, Nov. 1.

“(We already achieved) 100 percent complete voting and canvassing nationwide. No failure of election,” COMELEC chairperson George Erwin Garcia said in a message to reporters.

He said that except for several barangays in Lanao del Sur and Calbayog City, Samar which saw a delay in the distribution of election paraphernalia on Monday, all polling centers functioned and served voters from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

He added that polls were eventually held on Tuesday, Oct. 31, in Barangays Central Lolapung, Cadayanon, Lumbac Cadayonan, Bialaan and Linao in Lanao del Sur and Barangay Naguma in Samar, involving some 1,000 registered voters.

Garcia also reported that the only bets that have not been proclaimed are those with pending disqualification cases and those who garnered the same number of votes.

“The only remaining unproclaimed candidates were the ones ordered suspended by the commission and those with tie votes (the election boards availed of the five-day notice rule),” he said.

The poll body has yet to provide the number of voters that participated in the recently concluded polls as they are still collating data from regional offices.PNA