Davao City Councilor Danilo Dayanghirang (davaotoday.com file photo)

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The Philippine Councilors’ League (PCL) has yet to elect its new set of national officers after its national board declared a failure of elections on February 27.

The schedule of the voting process for the new set of national officers will still be up for the PCL national board after glitches in the computer system used for the supposedly automated election were discovered.

In an interview with Davao Today, Councilor Danilo Dayanghirang said he will have to call for a national board meeting to ask for an investigation into the failure of the system and the ensuing chaos during the fellowship night of councilors. The national board will also determine the punishment of anyone proven guilty of having to do with the glitches.

“My concern is that who is behind the delay and those who disturb the fellowship night should be penalized. And if possible those I mentioned three points: about the partisanship, divisiveness, and the additional expense of the government,” said Dayanghirang.

Dayanghirang serves as the incumbent national chairperson of PCL and opponent of Councilor Jesciel Richard Salceda of Polangui, Albay for the same position this year.

Despite the recent chaos of PCL election, Dayanghiyang said that the Office of the President will not interfere to settle the problem.

“I don’t want to add the problem of the President that’s why I’m saying let’s save money, let’s avoid divisiveness and let’s avoid political partisan,” he added.

On February 27, videos of the chaos after the PCL election voting spread on social media as councilors and supporters of two different camps were enraged because of the system computer’s failure to deliver a fully functioning automated election system.

The Department of Interior and Local Government identified the problem as one of vote duplication and connectivity.

Dayanghirang said it all started a few hours before the voting time, when one camp within the organization “dictated, inserted new features” on the computer.

“All the mismatched of names resulted only after they introduced the new features,” told Dayanghirang. (davaotoday.com)

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