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MAASIN CITY (PIA) -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has paid all dues for those who served in the May 9 national and local elections for the entire Southern Leyte province, true to its promise that everyone be paid on time within 15 days after election day.

“Services were paid starting on May 11 for the provincial board of canvassers and the last day was May 24,” Atty. Ma. Corazon Montallana, provincial election supervisor, said in an unannounced interview at her office Wednesday, June 8.

She pointed to the piles of papers bound in folders littered literally all over the floors in her office, vouchers and supporting documents as proof of processed claims, adding more weight to a heavy task made lighter by the fact that it was all over and done.

The timely move of dispensing honoraria cost the poll body a cool estimate of some P50 million to P60 million pesos, Montallana informed.

These well-deserved monies went to nearly 4,000 individuals involved in a job well done, such as members of the electoral boards at the precinct levels, canvassers, technical staffs, and other supporting casts in an electoral exercise carried under the shadows of a global pandemic.

And everyone delivered, their efforts paid off just as well, as can be gleaned by the fast pace movement of the passing, historical event, when all winning candidates were proclaimed the day after balloting, from the municipal, city, and provincial levels -- a first in living memory.

“All results were carried through electronic transmissions,” Montallana said as she hinted at getting back to her assignment in Samar after a successful, mission accomplished handling of the electoral exercise, but that is another story. (LDL/MMP/PIA Southern Leyte)