Comelec authorizes proclamation of local winning candidates

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Tuesday authorized their field officials to proclaim the winning candidates in their localities.

In Comelec Resolution 9700, the poll body gave permission to the Municipal, City, and Provincial Boards of Canvassers to proclaim winning candidates as soon as they are able to determine that the remaining votes will not affect the results any longer.

"The (lower) Boards of Canvassers shall proclaim the winning candidates on the basis of the last 'Grouped Canvass Report' generated by the Consolidation and Canvassing System (CCS)... even if not all results are received," read the resolution.

"... Provided that the standing of the candidates will not be affected by the results not yet transmitted to, and received by, the CCS, without prejudice to the ranking o the winning candidates," it further read.

"Grouped Canvass Report" refers to the votes of all candidates in all contested positions, including the number of registered voters of precincts the results of which have been transmitted already to the CCS.

The Comelec also authorized their Regional Election Directors (REDs) to allow the lowering of the "canvassing threshold" required before they are transmitted to higher level of canvassing boards.

This means that the lower canvassing board may be able to generate the Certificates of Canvass (CoCs) despite having incomplete results.

"The REDs are authorized to approve requests of boards of canvassers in their respective regions to lower the canvassing threshold to enable them to generate CoCs for transmission to the next level of canvassing," said the resolution.

Based on the procedures of canvassing, upon the close of voting, the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines shall generate election returns (ERs) through print-outs while also sending transmitting the results electronically to the MBoCs or CBoCs.

After the ERs are sent to the MBoC, the latter will eventually come out with the Statement of Votes per precinct as well as Municipal Certificates of Canvass (MCoC).

At the PBoC, expected is the Statement of Votes per municipality as well as the Provincial Certificate of Canvass, which will then both be sent to the National Board of Canvassers (NBoC) for canvassing.

The Comelec said they decided to come up with the resolution in accordance to the request of several Provincial Boards of Canvassers (PBoCs), Municipal Boards of Canvassers (MBoCs), and City Board of Canvassers (CBoCs).

The commission en banc said that there have been several requests from lower level boards of canvassers for them to be allowed to proclaim winning candidates despite not being able to complete transmission of all results "for varied reasons".

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