The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is expected to receive serious flak after it deferred the proclamation of winners in the senatorial race and the partylist voting, saying that it is “not yet ready.”
There might be some pending issue also on either the transmission or the secure digital cards
A Comelec official said a definite date can’t be fixed yet for the ceremony.
The naming of the new senators was initially scheduled “tentatively” today, but Elections Commissioner Francis Arabe said canvassing had encountered “some delays.”
“The schedule of proclamation will not be pursued. We are not ready to proclaim yet. The schedule is to be announced,” Arabe said in a press briefing.
“We will not provide any (definite) day (for the event) without a completion, so wait for our further announcements,” he added.
According to Arabe, the proclamation will depend on when the canvassing will be completed.
Based on the partial and official tally as of press time, Cynthia Villar leading with 24,199,174 votes, followed by Grace Poe, 21,183,332; Bong Go, 19,568,909; Pia Cayetano, 18,999,378; Ronald De la Rosa, 18,045,456; Sonny Angara, 17,442,174; Lito Lapid, 16,252,252; Imee Marcos, 15,079,596; Francis Tolentino, 14,741,637; Koko Pimentel, 13,948,863; Bong Revilla 13,873,309 and Nancy Binay, 13,784,692.
The quick count tally of citizen arm Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting as of 6:06 p.m. last night showed a significant change in the ranking after Revilla fell to 11th place from 10th, based on 98.22 percent of nationwide election returns, where he had 14,539,785 votes.
Pimentel, who had 14,541,495, at 10th place overtook Revilla..
The Top 12 are Villar, 25,108,012; Poe, 21,906,952; Go, 20,442,606; Cayetano, 19,626,645; De la Rosa, 18,792,256; Angara, 18,037,029; Lapid, 16,874,751; Marcos, 15,724,366; Tolentino, 15,359,673; Pimentel, 14,541,495; Revilla, 14,539,785 and Binay, 14,444,805.
As of Saturday, the Comelec disclosed that 154 certificates of canvass (CoC) out of 167 have been counted.
Arabe said election returns from 13 areas have yet to be received by the National Board of Canvassers (NBoC).
These areas include Lanao del Sur, Isabela, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Washington, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oslo, Abuha, Nairobi, Tehran and also from persons deprived of liberty.
SD cards blamed anew
“There might be some pending issue also on either the transmission or the secure digital (SD) cards. The CoC will be manually delivered in certain areas, so they have to fly here. I mean those from overseas,” Arabe said on the delay in the transmission of election returns.
The NBoC is also taking a recess until the CoC from the 13 areas are delivered.
“We are having the recess while we are waiting for the CoC to come in on continuous session. So, as soon as they have some CoC to canvass, they will resume,” he said.
The commissioner added the proclamation of senators and partylist winners will be conducted separately contrary to an earlier Comelec announcement of a single proclamation.
“The intention is to have it in one day, but not at the same time. The proclamation for the partylist will be in the morning and then for the senators it will be in the afternoon. So, that is the plan,” he said.
Isabela to have polls
Comelec is also planning to hold special elections in Jones, Isabela due to an incident on election day when vote counting machines (VCM) were torched.
The special elections were tentatively scheduled on Monday, 20 May. Arabe, however, said that the schedule is not yet final.
“This is yet to be resolved by the Commission en banc. Hopefully, we can find a solution later,” said Arabe.