Village, SK polls 'generally peaceful' despite 13 deaths: Comelec

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Posted at May 15 2018 08:22 AM

Poll watchers begin to tally the votes on Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections in Barangay Bel-Air in Makati on Monday. Filipinos cast their votes to elect barangay officials of almost 42,000 barangays nationwide. George Calvelo, ABS CBN News

MANILA - Monday's Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections were "generally peaceful" despite reports of poll fraud and incidents of violence that left over a dozen dead, the Commission on Elections said. 

"Generally peaceful, ika nga, [ang eleksyon]. Natutuwa kami na ang botohan sa iba't ibang mga presinto ay naidaos nang walang malaking problema, walang malaking disturbance," Comelec spokesperson James Jimenes told radio DZMM Tuesday. 

(The elections were generally peaceful. We are happy that the voting in various precincts were conducted without major problems or a major disturbance.) 

The Comelec, he said, has confirmed 13 poll-related deaths, which is lower compared to the 33 fatalities tallied in the 2013 elections. 

Comelec's election death toll, however is smaller than that of the national police, which has recorded 33 deaths and 19 injuries as of early Monday.

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The election body was still confirming reports that some voters failed to vote after their names were used by other people. 

Some 1 million candidates had vied for 671,168 seats, split equally between the barangay council and the SK, the lowest unit of government under the Philippines setup. 

There were 78 million registered voters and 36,781 voting centers.