By Johanna M. Sampan Reporter
WINNING candidates, including victorious senatorial bets, will be proclaimed within 24 to 48 hours, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said on Monday.
Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. said the continuous transmission of results from polling precincts nationwide will give the final results as early as Wednesday.
“The 48 hours will fall on Wednesday. We hope we can proclaim all of the 12 senators after 48 hours,” he told reporters.
He explained that the proclamation of winners will greatly depend on the discrepancy of votes between candidates and the votes that are yet to be canvassed.
“It’s very, very possible that in case of close voting, we might be forced to withhold the 11th, 12th and 13th [winners]. But we will proclaim as many as we can,” Brillantes said.
In 2010, the Comelec en banc, sitting as the National Board of Canvassers (NBoC), proclaimed the first nine senators five days after election day.
The NBoC convened at 6 p.m. on Monday to prepare for the receipt of the election results (ERs) from polling precincts nationwide.
Brillantes said local winners will be proclaimed between 12 and 24 hours after the closing of poll precincts. These include mayors, vice mayors and councilors.
Those who won in the congressional and provincial races will be known 36 hours, the poll chief said.
The Comelec head however admitted that the proclamation of winning party-lists will take some time because the results need to be computed. He explained that only groups who got two percent of the total votes cast in the party-list will be declared winners.
Over 18,000 posts were contested in yesterday’s polls, including 12 senators; 233 district congressmen; 58 party-list representatives; 80 provincial governors; 80 provincial vice governors; 766 provincial board members; 143 city mayors; 143 city vice mayors; 1,598 city councilors; 1,491 municipal mayors; 1,491 municipal vice mayors; 11,932 municipal councilors; as well as one Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) governor; 1 regional vice governor; and 24 regional assemblymen.