By Leslie Ann Aquino
The Commission on Elections (COMELEC), sitting as the National Plebiscite Board of Canvassers (NPBOC), will start the canvassing of the results of the February 6 plebiscite for the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) on Monday.
Comelec Chairman Sheriff Abas announced that the NPBOC will reconvene on Monday, February 11, as there are no Certificates of Canvass to work on yet.
In a separate press briefing, Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez said they expect the COCs to arrive this weekend.
“We are going to expect arrival over the weekend,” he said.
“We have a reception committee and they will be safeguarding the documents that will arrive over the weekend until we are able to convene and canvass,” added Jimenez.
To note, canvassing is still ongoing at the local level.
The NPBOC is set to canvass a total of 8 COCs namely the Provincial COC from Lanao del Norte and one Municipal COC each from Aleosan, Carmen, Kabacan, Midsayap, Pigkawayan, Pikit, and Tulunan in North Cotabato.
Meanwhile, Jimenez announced that the printing of ballots for the May 13, 2019 midterm polls will still start Saturday, February 9 as they are still not done with the ballot face.
“There were some last minute changes including that of former spokesperson Harry Roque…the list was adjusted,” he said.
Roque earlier withdrew his senatorial bid due to health reasons.
Jimenez also expressed confidence that they would be able to finish the printing of the more than 61 million ballots on time.
“In the 2016 elections, we started printing February 12. So, if we start Feb. 9 then we are still three days early considering that in 2016 we started Feb. 12 and we were able to print the ballot on time,” he said.