Brillantes: Local winners known in 12-36 hours

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Monday, May 13, 2013

MANILA -- Winners in the city, municipal and provincial levels are expected to be known within the day on Monday or early Tuesday.

This was the projection of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) citing the continued transmission of election returns (ERs) by the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines upon the close of voting hours.

"The municipal officials may be proclaimed probably within 12 to 24 hours. Kung congressmen, probably about 36 hours," said Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes in a press briefing on Monday.

As for the senatorial candidates, he said he believes that it can be done in about 48 hours.

"The 48 hours will fall on Wednesday. We hope we can proclaim all of the 12 senators after 48 hours," said Brillantes.

He said the capability of the Comelec to proclaim the winners will depend largely on the discrepancy of votes between candidates and on the number of votes still to be canvassed.

"It's very, very possible that in case of close voting, we might be forced to withhold the 11th, 12th and 13th. But we will proclaim as many as we can," said Brillantes.

In 2010, the Comelec en banc, sitting as the National Board of Canvassers (NBoC), proclaimed the first nine senators five days after Election Day.

The NBoC was scheduled to convene around 6 p.m. Monday to prepare for the receipt of the election results (ERs) from all the polling precincts nationwide.

As for the proclamation of winning party-lists, the poll chief said it may not come as soon as the individual candidates.

He explained that this is because they still have to compute who among them had received two percent of total votes cast in the party-list elections.

"The party-list will require some time for computation. It will take a little time," said Brillantes.

Over 18,000 posts were contested in Monday's polls, including 12 senators; 233 district congressmen; 58 party-list representatives; 80 provincial governors; 80 provincial vice governors; 766 provincial board members; 143 city mayors; 143 city vice mayors; 1,598 city councilors; 1,491 municipal mayors; 1,491 municipal vice mayors; 11,932 municipal councilors; as well as one Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm) governor; one regional vice governor; and 24 regional assemblymen.

On the other hand, there were a total of 33 senatorial candidates; 111 groups qualified for the party-list race; 630 for district congressmen; 202 for provincial governor; 191 for provincial vice governor; 1,755 for provincial board member; 3,894 for mayor; 3,823 for vice mayor; 33,703 for councilor; six for Armm governor; eight for Armm vice governor; 80 for Arm assemblymen. (HDT/Sunnex)

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