House Committee hearings will delay the proclamation of party-list groups — Comelec

May 20, 2010 8:12 pm 

MANILA, May 20 — Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal has said the investigation being conducted by members of the House of Representatives on the alleged anomalies in the just-concluded May 10 national and local elections will cause delays in the work of the poll body.

The Comelec official warned that there will be setbacks in their official functions as they need to attend the hearings of the House Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reforms.

“Yes, it delays our work. Instead of working, we have to prepare to go to Congress. Instead of us doing our job, we can’t do that because we have to go to the House of Representatives. Expect some delays,” he said.

At the same time, Larrazabal said that the surfacing of a supposed whistle-blower in the alleged vote padding and vote buying in the May polls would delay the proclamation of the winning party-list groups.

“Again, the allegations of the 'koala' boy prevents us from doing our job because there are things we're supposed to do now. This will cause delay in our job,” he added.

Larrazabal said he does not know how long the delays would be.

“It really depends on how long the hearings will be conducted. We respect Congress, but there will be some implications in our work,” he stressed. (PNA) scs/FGP/utb

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