Big day today?

May 20, 2019

Barring any hitches, the Commission on Elections may proclaim today the winning senatorial and party-list candidates.

THE Commission on Elections hopes to proclaim today the winners in the May 13 senatorial and party-list elections but was yesterday still awaiting the votes from Jones, Isabela where a special election was held following the burning of voting paraphernalia by gunmen suspected to be members of a private army.

Comelec officials said they could not yet proclaim the senatorial and party-list winners because some 1,050,681 are being awaited from Jones which could substantially change the standings in the senatorial contest the 12th until the 14th positions.

The Comelec plans to proclaim the party-list winners in the morning and the lucky Senate bets in the evening.

The proclamation was expected Sunday but was postponed because the poll body has yet to finish canvassing votes.

Isabela was expected to deliver its certificates of canvass around 7 p.m. yesterday, a poll official said.

Meanwhile also being awaited are the absentee voting Certificate of Canvass from Japan, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Washington DC, and Abuja, Nigeria.
The votes will reach 1,673,938.

A Comelec official earlier said she favored delaying the proclamation of senate and party-list winners until 100 percent of the election results are transmitted.
To avoid controversy, Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon proposed proclaiming all winning Senate bets after 100% of the election results have been transmitted.

“Gusto ko tapusin na lang yang 100% transmitted para wala nang maraming tanong. Baka may issues pang lumabas diyan… Ako, gusto ko sabay na lang, dose, para tapos lahat,” she said.

According to sources, some of the winning senatorial candidates had been invited to formal proclamation ceremonies set for Sunday afternoon.

However, the Comelec said on Saturday it will not push through with the proclamation of winners on Sunday since at least 13 certificates of canvass had yet to be transmitted to the poll body.

Guanzon said they woul have a meeting with the National Board of Canvassers to check if the percentage of the election results transmitted is enough to proclaim winning candidates.

“Titignan natin kung maaari na naming i-proclaim yan na partial o buo,” she said.

The NBOC resumed canvassing at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Guanzon also said she wanted the 12 winners proclaimed at the same time just like in 2016.

“Mahirap nang magsisi,” the commissioner said.