Coin toss decides Philippine poll

AFP-JIJI

A coin toss has decided the lucky winner of mayor for a small Philippine town, after rival candidates were tied at the end of the vote count, an election official said Thursday.

The dramatic conclusion to the contest for San Teodoro, a farming town in the central Philippines, took place in the local election office, with the politicians tossing the coin to decide their fate.

“They agreed to a coin toss, with the candidate getting the most heads proclaimed the winner,” San Teodoro election chief Reny Pagilagan said. He said tension built as the first tie-break competition of five coin tosses each also ended in a draw, with both politicians getting two heads, according to Pagilagan.

Marvic Feraren, a member of the ruling Liberal Party, finally emerged the winner in the second tie-break event, throwing two heads to his opponent’s one.

Pagilagan said Philippine election law stated that tied electoral contests must be settled by the drawing of lots, of which a coin toss was an acceptable variant.