Manilla Bulletin – By Leslie Ann Aquino | CNN| All Things Michael
The late “King of Pop” Michael Jackson won the presidential race at the mock polls staged by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Saturday.
The result was from only one of the areas (Robinson’s Place in Manila) selected by the election body to hold the mock polls. It is not yet known if Jackson also won in other areas as voting is allowed until 5 p.m.
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) conducted mock elections in 40 villages throughout the country, less than three months before the upcoming national polls in May. Candidates have expressed concern over glitches in the current voting system.
Comelec chair Andres Bautista said “the purpose of these mock polls really is to try to stimulate as early as possible what will happen in the actual elections.”
Justin Bieber, Kelly Clarkson, Selena Gomez, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Adam Levine and Taylor Swift were listed under presidential candidates, while those under the vice presidency were Zac Efron, Ariana Grande, Alicia Keys, Avril Lavigne, Nicki Minaj and Ashley Tisdale.
Jackson garnered 20 votes against singer Justin Bieber’s 15 votes.
For Vice President, American singer Ariana Grande got the highest vote with 12 votes beating Alicia Keys and Avril Lavigne with a mere point.
For senator, the 12 international singers who received the most votes are Jennifer Lopez (40), Celine Dion (37), Bon Jovi (36), Christina Aguilera (34), Carly Rae Jepsen (31), David Cook (31), Beyonce Knowles (29), Britney Spears (28), Elvis Presley (28), Craig David (28) and David Archuleta (28) and Demi Lovato (25).
Out of the 150 groups listed in the ballot as partylist representative, Air Supply emerged on top with 5 votes.
The Board of Election Inspectors (BEI) posted a copy of the results, right after the voting closed at 12 noon.
One of the voters, however, seemed unhappy with the result.
The voter said he would protest the win of Jackson convinced that his idol Bieber, won the elections eliciting laughter from those around him.
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