May 21, 2007

Coin toss decides election

Posted in Life, Media, News, Politics, Society at 4:36 pm by deadlikeme

cointoss.jpgIn a local Philippine election two candidates got the same number of votes. They settled the issue of who won by tossing a coin.

Bryan Byrd Bellang called heads and thus won over Benjamin Ngeteg. They were both in the run for the last council seat in Bontoc, a town north of Manila.

Election supervisor Mary Umaming: “I asked them if they wanted to break the tie by tossing a coin or drawing lots, and somebody in the crowd wondered if I was cracking a joke. I said those options were in the rules, and they agreed to flip a coin.

However, the polls on monday were marred by violence and the police have reported dozens of deaths during the three-month election period.

I remember, last year a coin toss broke an election tie for the Democratic primary election for the southwestern Alaska House. It was the first time in Alaska’s history that an election was decided by a toss of a coin.

BBC Article

On a more personal note:

Voting in a political election is not a right, since not everyone is allowed to vote. Nor is voting a privilege, since you only have to reach a certain age, you don’t really have to do anything to earn it. Voting is a responsibility!


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