Comelec to finish proclamation of poll winners Wednesday
MANILA -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) expects to finish the proclamation of winners in the barangay elections by Wednesday, two days after the October 28 polls.
In a press briefing on Tuesday, the poll body said it has already proclaimed winners in 30,790 out of 42,028 barangays nationwide as of 1 p.m.
This is equivalent to 73.26 percent proclamation, it said.
Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes said the poll body's proclamation of winners is "fast-moving" although they initially said that the proclamation shall be finished within 24 hours after the polls.
The barangay elections on Monday started at 7 a.m. and ended at 3 p.m.
"We expect to finish all this up in another day, except those where we are having continuing or resetting of elections," Brillantes said.
In the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), the Board of Canvassers (BOC) in 1,100 barangays have already proclaimed the winners.
ARMM has the most number of areas where the barangay elections did not push through on Monday.
Areas where polls didn't push through
According to the Comelec, 9 barangays in Maguindanao and 6 barangays in Basilan are set to hold elections tomorrow, October 30.
Initial reports from the Comelec also said 51 barangays in Lanao del Sur did not conduct elections due to security reasons.
The Comelec also received reports that two areas in Sulu had a failure of elections, as per the Philippine National of Police (PNP). However, the poll body said it has yet to verify the reports.
Meanwhile, the Comelec clarified an earlier report that two barangays in Tawi-Tawi did not conduct elections, saying polls pushed through in the two areas.
The other areas where elections did not push through on Monday were:
3 barangays in Samar;
12 barangays in Calayan, Cagayan;
1 barangay in Lanao del Norte; and
1 barangay in Pikit, North Cotabato
The elections in Samar were conducted today while the polls in Lanao del Norte will be conducted tomorrow.
Elections in 7 mainland barangays in Calayan will push through tomorrow while polls in 5 island barangays will be conducted on Thursday, October 31.
In Pikit, North Cotabato, meanwhile, the elections will be conducted on November 8.
Meanwhile, Brillantes said the poll body has ordered the suspension of the possible proclamation of over 500 barangay bets who are facing challenges to their qualifications.
Brillantes said the order covers 8 candidates facing petitions to be declared as nuisance candidates, 7 facing executory dismissals by the Ombudsman, over 400 candidates whose voter registrations have been questioned, and 62 candidates on their third term.