Comelec: Tuesday proclamation of winning senators, party-lists a 'pretty sure bet'


Posted at May 20 2019 11:53 AM | Updated as of May 20 2019 12:10 PM

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MANILA -- The proclamation of winning senators and party-list groups on Tuesday, May 21, is a "pretty sure bet", the Commission on Elections said, following the event's postponement this weekend. 

Initially scheduled on Sunday, the proclamation was postponed because the poll body has yet to finish canvassing votes. 

As of 7 p.m. Sunday, the agency was still waiting for 5 out of the total 167 certificates of canvass, which covers around 1.68 million votes from Isabela province, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Washington DC and Abuja, Nigeria, Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez said. 

"Right off the bat, you know that this is still a significant vote, which is why we have to wait for it. It will still affect the outcome," he told reporters. 

Isabela, which covers 1,050,681 votes, is expected to deliver its certificates of canvass around 7 p.m. Monday, he said. 

"It's a pretty sure bet that we are going to have a proclamation tomorrow... party-lists in the morning, then senators in the evening," Jimenez said. 

The Comelec was not certain if President Rodrigo Duterte will attend the proclamation, but is preparing for this scenario, given that he attended the filing of candidacies in October last year, said Jimenez. 

Duterte had accompanied his former longtime aide Christopher "Bong" Go in submitting his certificates of candidacy for senator. 

Go and 8 other administration candidates are set to get Senate seats, unofficial tallies showed.