• Comelec set to proclaim 12 winners in Senate race


    WITH almost 100 percent of election results already transmitted, the Commission on Elections, sitting as the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC), is expected to proclaim all 12 winning senators this week.

    Comelec Chairman Juan Andres Bautista on Sunday said that with more than 96 percent of the local Certificates of Canvas (COC) already canvassed and 100 percent of all votes in 82 Philippine overseas post already tallied, the NBOC is likely to proclaim the senators-elect either by Tuesday (May 17) or at the latest by Thursday (May 19).

    Bautista explained that the NBOC may proceed with the proclamation even if there were still some COC to canvass if the number of votes involved would no longer alter the outcome of the results of the winning senators, particularly the last two or three slots.

    The Comelec sits as the NBOC for senators and party-list groups, while Congress is for the President and Vice President.

    Comelec had already tallied a total of 149 out of 164 COC before it adjourned Saturday night. It took a break on Sunday from counting the votes and will resume at 9 a.m. on Monday.

    The NBOC did not release the aggregate results before it adjourned on Saturday. Instead, Bautista said, they would release the results for both senators and party-list groups on Monday.

    As of 7 p.m. on Friday, the top 12 senatorial candidates were former TESDA chief Joel Villanueva, Senate President Franklin Drilon, Sen. Vicente Sotto 3rd, Panfilo Lacson, Risa Hontiveros, Francis Pangilinan, Miguel Zubiri, Rep. Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Pacquiao, Sherwin Gatchalian, Sen. Ralph Recto and Leila de Lima.

    Commissioner Arthur Lim, commissioner-in-charge for overseas absentee voting (OAV), said that all 58 COCs from 82 posts abroad have already been received and validated by the NBOC. He said the results would be released on Monday.

    Lim said that even as their target of 80 percent turnout for OAV was not met, the 2016 turnout was still higher compared to the last two elections.

    “The voter turnout is 432,706, who actually voted out of 1,378,067 registered voters, or roughly 40 percent, the second highest since we implemented OAV in 2004,” Lim said.

    There are a total of 85 Philippine posts abroad but only 82 participated, while voting for the three others, Iraq, Syria and Libya, was temporarily suspended because of security concerns.

    Comelec said a total of 1,376,067 OFVs registered worldwide for the 2016 polls. Of the number, 1,326,728 are land-based workers, while the rest or 49,339 are seafarers.


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