NBOC suspends canvassing for party-list race

By RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 15 2013 01:45 AM | Updated as of May 15 2013 09:45 AM

MANILA - The Commission on Elections, sitting as the National Board of Canvassers for the senatorial and party-list elections, has suspended the canvassing of votes for party-list groups.

The Comelec made the ruling in its public en banc session after questions were raised over the pendency of the disqualification of 12 party-list groups.

Comelec disqualified the groups last Thursday for failing to meet the standards set by  the Supreme Court. The groups are still eligible to seek relief from the High Court.

Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes said they decided to delay the party-list canvass and prioritize the senatorial canvass because of the pendency of the disqualification.

The 12 groups have 5 days from service of the decision to file their appeal or their ruling becomes final.

Brillantes indicated the Comelec is targeting the top ten, if not all the winning 12 senators by 7 p.m. Wednesday.

He said the initial projection is that 75% of the country's 52 million registered voters took voted in the midterm election.

A total of 304 certificates of canvass are expected at the NBOC.