Comelec eyes proclamation of 22 winning party-list groups by July

THE remaining 22 winning party-list organizations will still have to wait for at least another two weeks before they can finally be proclaimed, a Commission on Elections (Comelec) official said Tuesday.

Comelec Commissioner Rene Sarmiento said they cannot proclaim the remaining party-list groups because they are still waiting for the results of the special polls in some areas where elections were earlier postponed.

He specifically cited areas in Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Tawi-Tawi, Abra, and Sulu, where special elections still need to be held. He said that about 12,000 to 20,000 votes are expected to be cast in these areas.

He noted, however, that by the time President-elect Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III delivers his State of the Nation Address, the party-list representatives would have all been completed.

Aquino will deliver his first SONA in late July.

The Comelec had earlier proclaimed 28 winning party-list organizations, six of whom were awarded two seats each. (PIA-Bohol)

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