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In the Philippines, an election decided by the flip of a coin

By Jethro Mullen, CNN
updated 11:45 AM EDT, Thu May 16, 2013
(File photo) The Philippine Commission on Elections permits coin flips as a way of deciding tied votes.
(File photo) The Philippine Commission on Elections permits coin flips as a way of deciding tied votes.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Two candidates for mayor of San Teodoro were tied on 3,236 votes each
  • They settled the election by flipping a coin, which is permitted by the election body
  • The son of a previous mayor won the contest

(CNN) -- In the hi-tech era of electronic voting, election authorities in the Philippines settled a dead heat between two candidates for mayor in a decidedly old-school way -- by flipping a coin.

When all the ballots were counted after Monday's election, the two men running for mayor in the town of San Teodoro -- Marvic Feraren and Boyet Py -- both ended up with 3,236 votes each, CNN affiliate ABS-CBN reported Wednesday.

To break the impasse, a decision was taken to use a coin, Reny Pagilagan, the town's acting election officer, told the local broadcaster.

The Philippine Commission on Elections permits coin flips as a way of deciding tied votes, according to ABS-CBN.

So, the two rivals faced off inside a ring of desks in a bare-walled room, taking it in turns to flick the coin to the ground.

At the end of the contest, Feraren, the son of a previous mayor, was declared the winner.

The outcome was received without negative reaction in San Teodoro, which is in the province of Oriental Mindoro, ABS-CBN reported.

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