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What Can A Coin Decide?!

Flag of the PhilippinesApparently, a coin is the "decider" in a Philippine election. I know it may sound funny or unthinkable. Even those Filipinos thought it was a joke, but this indeed happened. I don’t know if it happens in other part of the world, but so far it has only been observed in Philippine. Here is the story:

Two candidates in the Philippines who got the same number of votes in a local election have settled the issue of who won by tossing a coin.
Bryan Byrd Bellang and Benjamin Ngeteg tied for the last of eight council seats in Bontoc, a town some 280km (175 miles) north of Manila.
They agreed to the coin toss, set down in local election rules. Mr Bellang called heads and won the seat.
Crowds in the town hall clapped as the two men shook hands after the result.
"I asked them if they wanted to break the tie by tossing a coin or drawing lots, and somebody in the crowd wondered if I was cracking a joke," election supervisor Mary Umaming told the Associated Press news agency.
"I said those options were in the rules, and they agreed to flip a coin."

News Source: BBC
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