Finally, Comelec to reveal senatorial vote tallies

By RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 03 2013 03:46 PM | Updated as of Jun 04 2013 08:53 AM

MANILA - The Commission on Elections will issue the final tally and resolution proclaiming the winners in the senatorial elections either tomorrow or Wednesday.

Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes said the resolution could come anytime, though he doesn't expect any changes to the results.

The poll chief explained the poll body is now just completing the canvassing of some 36,000 votes, which will not affect the senatorial election but will affect the party-list election.

"Anytime. Pinagagawa ko na yung final senatorial kinumkumpleto lang namin votes na merong nakakalat sa party-list. Dadagdag sa senatorial so matatapos siguro by tomorrow or Wednesday. Di magbabago (ranking). Yun na yun," he said.

Brillantes said he does not believe the uncanvassed votes may change the ranking of the 3rd and 4th placers in the race.

The Comelec, sitting as the National Board of Canvassers, proclaimed the winners in the senatorial elections on May 15, 16 and 18 based on grouped canvass reports and some certificates of canvass, which were transmitted quickly. The proclamation, however, was without any ranking and was done alphabetically.

Party-list winners

At the same time, Brillantes said the poll body is monitoring the Supreme Court's possible ruling tomorrow on the restraining order against the proclamation of other party-list groups. The poll body was given till Friday to file its comment on the complaint, which stems from the appeal of the Senior Citizens party-list group protesting its disqualification.

The group was among 12 whose disqualifications were announced by the Comelec just days before the midterm election.

"Ten days pa sa Friday ang deadline. Hintayin namin bukas muna ano mangyayari. Wala, di ko alam," he said.

Brillantes expects a clarification on the matter from the Supreme Court tomorrow.