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Senators, party-list winners to be proclaimed separately

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By Leslie Ann Aquino

The 12 winning senators in the May 13 midterm polls will be proclaimed separately from partylist groups.

Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez (FILE PHOTO / CAMILLE ANTE / MANILA BULLETIN)

Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez (FILE PHOTO / CAMILLE ANTE / MANILA BULLETIN)

Commission on Elections spokesman James Jimenez revealed this Thursday.

“I don’t think it will be both partylist and senators. If you remember in 2016, it was also done separately,” he said in an interview.

Jimenez said they will proclaim the winning senators first and then the victorious partylist groups days later.

“We don’t want anyone to steal anyone’s thunder so to speak. It was a hard-fought election and each category deserve their own event,” he explained.

Jimenez said they will also have to make computations on the number of seat allocation for winning party-lists.

“With the party-lists, we still have to complete the computation. So the process is longer. Maybe three days apart,” he said.

As to when the proclamation will be held, Jimenez said they will just announce it.

To note, the Comelec, sitting as National Board of Canvassers, is still canvassing the votes for senators and partylists at the PICC in Pasay City.

As of 7 p.m., Friday the NBOC already canvassed 121 out of the 167 Certificates of Canvass (COCs).

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