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MANILA - Malacanang already has a short list of names who will replace Comelec commissioners Rene Sarmiento and Armando Velasco.

But the Palace will not yet give further details.

Sarmiento and Velasco officially retired on Saturday.

Malacanang believes their retirement will not affect the preparations for the May mid-term elections.

The poll body also wants to retain Sarmiento and Velasco as consultants. -- ANC World Tonight, Feb. 2, 2013