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Comelec recomputes ‘close’ votes for party-list groups

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A worker walks on top of a pile ballot boxes after arranging and storing the boxes at a warehouse in Manila April 25, 2013. About 51 million people will cast their votes by using a Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) system for a mid-term election on May 13, a Commission on Elections (COMELEC) said. (MNS photo)

A worker walks on top of a pile ballot boxes after arranging and storing the boxes at a warehouse in Manila April 25, 2013. About 51 million people will cast their votes by using a Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) system for a mid-term election on May 13, a Commission on Elections (COMELEC) said. (MNS photo)

MANILA, May 27 (Mabuhay) — The Comelec is recomputing the votes for the remaining winning party-list groups which Elections chair Sixto Brillantes Jr. described as “so close” even as certificates of canvass (COCs) continue to come in.

In an interview, Brillantes said the Comelec en banc will be meeting around 3 p.m. Monday to discuss the issues on party-lists and decide whether they will proclaim the remaining winning groups.

“Pag uusapan namin lahat yun, magmi-meeting kami ng alas-3. Critical lahat. Magdedesisyon kami by 3 or 4 o’clock, after that magre-recomputation, yun ang ilalabas namin, otherwise kung hindi kami magkasundo, bukas ng umaga,” he told reporters.

“Marami kasing issue… hindi lang yung 12 (na nadisqualify) ang issue dyan, marami pa kaming pinag-uusapan na ibang connected sa party-list such as yung hindi dumarating na dumating na (COCs), meron pang dumarating,” he added.

Asked how many COCs are involved, Brillantes said the Comelec statistics department is still computing to determine the exact number.

And even though he believes the numbers involved are negligible, Brillantes noted that since the votes are close, they still need to recompute it.

“Very negligible na yun pero dikit na dikit lahat e, kaya kailangan naming recomputin lahat yun,” he said.

“Wala nga bitin nga lahat 58 (seats), 57, 56, 55. depende kung ano ang mapag uusapan ngayong alas tres kasi marami pa kaming hindi nareresolve. Kaya nga namin kinocompute para malaman kung nakakaapekto yun kasi baka makaapekto, para sigurado,” he added.

Asked if they will be able to proclaim the winners Monday, Brillantes said they will but if the en banc fails to have a decision, the proclamation will most likely be held Tuesday.

“Magpo-proclaim kami ngayong araw. Alas singko, alas sais, alas syete (ng gabi ang proclamation) hindi ko alam. Mag-aaway pa kami kung meron kaming pag-aawayan. Kung hindi kami magkasundo, magdedebate pa kami,” he said.

On Friday, the Comelec proclaimed the top 14 winning party-list groups.

On party-list groups with two sets of nominees, Brillantes said they will resolve it before June 30, when the term of the incumbent elected officials end.

He said what is important now is the proclamation of the party-list groups.

“Saka na yun, hindi naman importante. We will resolve that before June 30. Ang pinoproclaim mo yung party hindi yung tao,” he said.

The poll chairman refused to comment if they will wait for the Supreme Court to issue a decision on the case of disqualified Senior Citizens Party who has sought a deferment on the proclamation of the remaining winning party-list groups.

“No comment, baka maturuan pa natin yung mga party-list. Hindi ako magko-comment kung ano ang chances nila. As of now, ang desisyon namin disqualified sila,” he said. (MNS)

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