8 winning senators proclaimed in 48 hours after polls

May 7, 2013 10:11 pm 

MANILA, May 7 — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is looking to proclaim the top eight winners in the senatorial race within 48 hours after the conduct of the May 13, 2013 midterm polls.

“In the senatorial race, we expect at the very least in 48 hours, eight as minimum… but it is also possible to know more,” Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes said.

“If the distance is big, maybe we can already proclaim all of them. Otherwise, we might have to defer at least the numbers 11, 12 and 13,” Brillantes added.

The poll chief said they can already make the proclamation after revising their rules on proclamation of winners.

“It’s one of the enhancements that we’ve done for the PCOS. Now, you can proclaim without waiting for all results to be completed if the un-transmitted results will no longer affect the total results,” he added.

In the last 2010, the Comelec only proclaimed the first nine winners in the senatorial race five days after the May 10 polls.

Under the automated election system (AES), results in the precincts are automatically transmitted to the Comelec central server aside from those sent to the “ladderized system” such as the municipal and provincial levels. (PNA)

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