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Proclamation of winners of nat’l posts to take place this week — Comelec

MANILA, Philippines — The proclamation for the newly elected senators and party-list representatives may happen at most this Wednesday.

This development came as the Commission on Elections (Comelec) await for the transmission of only six certificates of canvass (COCs) as of 3:35 p.m. of Sunday.

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“This week, Monday or Tuesday or Wednesday. As long as we get the COCs that we are waiting [for],” Comelec Director Frances Arabe told reporters in an interview.

Based on the data of the Comelec, the following places have not yet been transmitted their COCs to the Comelec: Isabela, Zamboanga del Sur, Washington DC, Japan, Saudi Arabia, and Nigeria.

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As of this writing, a total of 161 COCs have already been canvassed by the Comelec, which sits as the National Board of Canvassers.

Aside from this, Arabe said that the body still has “logistical concerns” regarding the proclamation of elected senators and party-list groups.

She also noted that it still depends whether or not the Comelec would use a partial tally of votes when formally announcing the new set of elected senators pending the incidents of the burning of vote counting machines in Isabela and Zamboanga.

“For the meantime, we are just preparing for the logistical concerns — mauuna ba si party-lists or pangalawa ba siya, o mauuna si senators,” Arabe said.

“Kung kayang mag partial, magpa-partial muna,” she added. (Editor: Julie Espinosa)

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