The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) has postponed the date for the proclamation of new senators and party-list representatives.The Commission on Elections says that the proclamation on Sunday will not push through.
In a press conference Saturday, the COMELEC said that it will postpone the proclamation that was originally scheduled Sunday.
“We are not ready to proclaim yet. The schedule will be announced. It depends if we will be able to finish all the Certificates of Canvass (COCs) tomorrow,” COMELEC Information and Education Department Director Frances Arabe said.
As of Saturday afternoon, the COMELEC has already processed 149 out of the 164 COCs, two more than yesterday.
COMELEC has yet to receive the COCs of the following areas: Lanao del Sur, Isabela, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Wasthington DC, Japan, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait.
The election body has also yet to receive the manually canvassed COCs from Oslo, Abuja, Nairobi, Tehran, and from persons deprived of liberty (PDLs).
The postponed proclamation comes at the heels of several party-lists calling for the suspension of proclamations of national candidates due to alleged voter fraud.
Delayed transmission of partial, unofficial results to the COMELEC’s media transparency server were also questioned by critics of the recent elections.