By Leslie Ann Aquino
With the canvassing of votes still not over, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) will now separately proclaim the winning senators and party-list groups in the May 13, 2019 midterm polls.
Comelec Education and Information Department Assistant Director Frances Arabe said the proclamation of the winning senators is tentatively set for Tuesday evening while the winning party-list groups are tentatively set for Wednesday evening.
She explained that the Comelec, sitting as the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC), is still waiting for the certificates of canvass (COCs) from the US and Saudi Arabia to arrive. They involve 550,000 votes.
“We are expecting the arrival (of the COCs) tomorrow morning,” she said.
“If we were able to canvass by 12 noon (Tuesday) 100 percent, we proceed with the schedule of (proclamation) of senators,” said Arabe.
As for the proclamation of party-list groups, Arabe said it was moved from Tuesday morning to Wednesday evening.
“Since they (NBOC) still have a session until noon tomorrow… it was moved to Wednesday evening,” Arabe said.
As of late Monday, the Comelec already canvassed 165 out of 167 COCs.