A week after the national elections, Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Andres Bautista said on Monday, May 16, that they are now closed to completing 100 percent transmission of votes from local polls.
As of Monday morning, Bautista told press that the Comelec was only waiting for the certificates of canvass (COC) from three provinces before they can record a full transmission of votes.
“We are only waiting for the certificate of canvass from Lanao del Sur and Northern Samar as well as the voting ongoing in Antique, a few precincts. Other than that, everything has been transmitted be it electronically or manually,” Bautista said in a press conference on Monday.
Another failure of elections was declared in Barangay Roxas in Lope de Vega town, Northern Samar affecting around 169 voters. A shooting incident forced the residents in the area to evacuate to Poblacion for safety and security.
In Binidayan town in Lanao del Sur, a total of 7,845 voters were affected by failure of elections. There was a lack of board of election inspectors which cause the voting to be delayed. On the other hand, 1,047 voters in Tamparan town were unable to cast their ballots due to a fire that ruined the voting center of three barangays.
Two villages (barangay) will have special polls on Monday from 5pm to 6pm. Barangay Mabuyong in Anini-y town and Barangay Insubuan in San Remigio town with 849 voters will conduct special elections because they were unable to receive official ballots last May 9 election.
Comelec also claimed failure of elections in the areas of Northern Samar and Lanao del Sur. Last Saturday, special elections were held smoothly in the said areas.
Bautista furthered that the poll body is also set to tally votes from detainees.
Despite all circumstances, the winning senators and party-list groups are set to be proclaimed within the week according to Bautista.