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Comelec may defer proclamation of Senate winners

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-- Re-electionist 4th District of Quezon City Rep. Feliciano Belmonte, and 3rd District of Quezon City Rep. Jorge Banal of the Liberal Party are formally proclaimed by the NCR Board of Canvassers (L/R)Enrique M. Santos, Acting Election Officer and Atty. Jovencio G. Balanguit, Election Officer IV, Comelec, at the Albert Hall in Quezon City Tuesday. (MNS photo)

— Re-electionist 4th District of Quezon City Rep. Feliciano Belmonte, and 3rd District of Quezon City Rep. Jorge Banal of the Liberal Party are formally proclaimed by the NCR Board of Canvassers (L/R)Enrique M. Santos, Acting Election Officer and Atty. Jovencio G. Balanguit, Election Officer IV, Comelec, at the Albert Hall in Quezon City Tuesday. (MNS photo)

MANILA, May 15 (Mabuhay) -– The proclamation of winning senators in the midterm elections may be postponed for Thursday or Friday, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said.

“We expect to proclaim by Thursday or Friday the senators and we will proceed immediately Friday or Saturday with the Partylist,” said Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes.

Brillantes said the Comelec en banc will decide in a meeting on whether to push through with the proclamation of all 12 senatorial winners on Wednesday evening.

“I doubt whether we can agree to proclaim five and the remaining ones tomorrow. I personally would rather have it all of them proclaimed tomorrow at one time,” he said.

The Comelec earlier said it expects to proclaim the winning senators by Wednesday evening. However, given the slow transmission of results and the delays in canvassing of winners, the Comelec may decide to defer the proclamation.

“Transmission is going very slow, I doubt if we’ll be able to proclaim 12 tonight. We’re coming out with the decision whether to proclaim five or to do away with proclamation today and postpone it for tomorrow night or we will postpone probably the entire 12,” Brillantes said.

Meanwhile, Brillantes said the canvassing on partylist was suspended Tuesday following a debate raised by Bayan Muna and several other parties.

“They’re questioning the canvassing of the votes for 12 partylists we disqualified. But the disqualification is not yet final. The 12 could still go up to the Supreme Court,” he said.

“We will be finished with the senatorial in one or two days and then we can concentrate in the debate in the partylist kasi magulo ang partylist, ang daming abugado, everybody is talking.

But Brillantes added that the Comelec may be able to proclaim a substantial number of the winning partylist groups.

“There are 58 partylists who are supposed to be proclaimed as winners. We might be able to proclaim a substantial number of these about 40 to 45 by Monday,” he said.

Brillantes said they hope to wrap things up before next week. (MNS)

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