THE Commission on Elections (Comelec), sitting as the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC), is expected to proclaim the 12 winning senators and party-list groups next week.
“The NBOC is looking forward to proclaiming the 12 senators either on May 17 or May 19,” Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista said on Friday.
He explained that the NBOC has yet to wait for the results of the special elections to be held on Saturday in several municipalities and barangays in the provinces of Cebu, Sarangani, Marinduque, Antique, Northern Samar, Western Samar, Lanao del Sur and Sulu involving 17,657 voters.
The Comelec convened as NBOC on Monday but it has yet to come out with the aggregate results of the certificates of canvass (COCs) it has so far canvassed.
Bautista explained that the Comelec will release the tabulated votes as soon as all the provinces have transmitted their COCs, including the results from special elections.
He said that the public can tally the partial and unofficial results for senators and party-list groups from the transparency server of the Comelec at the command center of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting.
As of yesterday, the NBOC has only canvassed 108 of 165 COCs.
Because of the controversy generated by the insertion of a new script, the poll body has barred personnel of technology provider Smartmatic Corp. from accessing its canvassing and election system (CCS) facility at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) where the canvassing of votes for senators and party-list groups is being conducted.
Senior Commissioner Robert Christian Lim on Friday said that the move is necessary to protect the integrity of the canvassing.
“As a precautionary measure in the midst of numerous concerns and speculations as to the integrity of the Canvassing and Consolidation System (CCS) being used for the 2016 national and local elections, please be reminded that the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC) has sole and absolute control over the CCS workstation located at the Philippine National Convention Center (PICC),” said Lim in a letter to Smartmatic general manager Elie Moreno.
Lim stressed that access to the facility shall be subject to strict protocols.
“Your personnel shall not be allowed access to the same unless specific prior authority from the NBOC or the Project Monitoring Office (PMO),” he said.
He also stressed that access to the system shall always be under the direct supervision of a duly designated Comelec personnel.