By Leslie Ann Aquino
Nearly 100 percent of candidates who won in the May 14 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan polls have already been proclaimed as of late Tuesday.
Commission on Elections acting Chairman Al Parreno said that as of 7 p.m., 99.81% of all barangays nationwide were almost done with the proclamations.
“Konting konti nalang…many barangays are huge, especially in NCR,” he said in a press briefing.
Earlier, the number was at 94.01% as of 1:50 pm.
“Overall, we’re almost done,” Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez said.
Asked why the proclamation was prolonged, the poll official said it was because of the manual system.
“Its a manual election. We’ve observed that the candidates are participating, especially in the counting process,” Jimenez said.
“One of the main features of manual voting, the ballot can be contested down to the last ballot. There is a cost on the time spent,” he added.
Still, Jimenez said they are still within the timeframe of up to 32 hours.
In a manual poll, the counting of votes is also done manually which begins at the close of voting period at 3 p.m. The Board of Election Tellers, mostly teachers, will read the votes written on the ballots out loud, one at a time while one of the election workers tallies down the votes as they are called out.
The Comelec said this may last until midnight of election day or even beyond depending on a variety of factors, including the size of the barangay.
Meanwhile, Parreno pegged the voter turnout in the village and SK polls at 75 percent based on their initial estimate.