29 COCs canvassed Tuesday

May 11, 2016 3:46 am 

By Ferdinand G. Patinio

MANILA, May 10 (PNA) — The National Board of Canvassers (NBOC) initially canvassed a total of 29 Certificate of Canvass (COC) from cities and municipalities in the country and posts overseas absentee voting (OAV) at the start of the official counting of the votes on Tuesday at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City.

As of 6 p.m., the COC came from San Juan City, Yangon, Prague, Buenos Aires, Vatican, Romblon, Lapu-Lapu City (Cebu), Tarlac, Zambales, Singapore, Baguio City, Spain, Batangas, Cebu City, Biliran, Bahrain, Taguig/Pateros, Bacolod City, Camiguin, Lebanon, Korea, Sorgoson, Batanes, Qatar, Malabon, Las Pinas, North Cotabato, Navotas, Siquijor.

But unlike in previous canvassing, the NBOC is not reading out the votes garnered by senatorial bets and aspirants in the party-list polls to make the counting faster.

Commissioner Luie Guia noted that representatives and counsels of parties concerned were given the chance to view hard copies of the COC, and if they have no objection, the documents will be forwarded to the tabulation committee and will be considered as canvassed.

“We’re trying to speed up the process so technically if the counsels or representatives of political parties are already satisfied with what they saw. Kasi they are given the opportunities to see the hard copies then hindi na namin niriread out para at least considered as canvassed and therefore part of the count or tabulation,” he said.

A total of 165 COCs composed of 81 provinces, 58 OAV, 1 local absentee voting, 1 detainee voting and 24 highly-urbanized cities, will be canvassed that would determine the winners for the senatorial and party-list posts. (PNA)

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