Comelec de­fers procla­ma­tion of win­ning sen­a­tors

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THE win­ners of the 2019 sen­a­to­rial race will not be pro­claimed Tues­day, May 21, the Com­mis­sion on Elec­tions (Comelec) an­nounced.

“Very sorry to dis­ap­point ev­ery­one but it looks like today is not the day,” Comelec spokesper­son James Jimenez said in a press con­fer­ence Tues­day.

“At this point, with every­thing that’s hap­pened, let us just wait what will hap­pen tonight. But, again, it’s not today,” he added.

Jimenez said the de­fer­ment was prompted by the con­tin­ued fail­ure to trans­mit the Cer­tifi­cate of Can­vass (COC) from the United States (US).

“We have to await the re­turns from Wash­ing­ton be­cause they rep­re­sent more than 200,000 reg­is­tered vot­ers. So, in or­der to make sure that there is no more move­ment in the rank­ing of elected of­fi­cials, we need to get that,” Jimenez said.

The COC from the US is the only COC that has yet to be can­vassed by the Na­tional Board of Can­vassers (NBOC). There are 228,472 reg­is­tered vot­ers in the US.

Asked what is caus­ing the de­lay, Jimenez said the elec­tion re­turns from Los An­ge­les have not ar­rived in Wash­ing­ton.

“We’re ex­pect­ing the re­sults from LA to ar­rive in Wash­ing­ton by around 8 PM Philip­pine time. So they still have to be can­vassed by the Special Board of Can­vassers be­fore be­ing able to elec­tron­i­cally trans­mit the re­sults. Hope­fully, that will be fast,” he ex­plained.

Jimenez the sched­ule of the procla­ma­tion will de­pend on the speed of the ar­rival of the COC from the US.

“Our com­mis­sion­ers are plan­ning to stay un­til this is over and done with so that we can al­ready

push procla­ma­tion pos­si­ble,” On through early said Tues­day, as Jimenez. with soon the the as NBOC al­ready can­vassed the re­sults from the King­dom of Saudi Ara­bia (KSA).

This brings to 166 out of the the 167 COCS that have al­ready been can­vassed by NBOC./SUNS­TAR Philippine­s

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