Comelec claims it’s faster than Namfrel in S. Mindanao count
DAVAO CITY – The Commission on Elections announced it is almost done with the provincial canvassing, just four days after the poll day way ahead of the Namfrel operations quick count, its regional spokesperson said.Melcar Unso, Comelec Southeastern Mindanao spokesperson presented a report on the status of canvassing in the region and showed that 10, 794 or 98 percent of the total number of precincts, including those merged or clustered, have been canvassed as Friday noon.
As of 9a.m. Friday the Namfrel quick count operations in Davao City tallied 2, 027 out of the 3, 385 precincts in the city.
Unso recognized, however, that Namfrel has been experiencing technical and manpower constraints.
Except in Davao City, most winners have been proclaimed already in the four provinces, 44 municipalities and 11 congressional districts.
Unso said as of Friday, they were able to canvass 91 percent of the election returns in Davao del Sur, 99 percent in Davao City, 100 percent in Davao del Norte, 100 percent in Compostela Valley, and 100 percent in Davao Oriental.
Comelec however, singled out the case of Malita, Davao del Sur, where canvassing was marred by the killing of a mayoralty candidate and his son. Police investigators have eyed a gubernatorial candidate as the primary suspect with a witnessed who surfaced a day after the killings.
Proclamation was also stalled in Matanao town when two election returns were subjected to a petition for exclusion as of 3p.m. Friday.
Local winners were proclaimed already in Digos City, Bansalan, Hagonoy, Magsaysay, Padada, and Sta. Cruz in the province’s first district as well as those in Don Marcelino, J. Abad Santos, Kiblawan, Malalag, Sta. Maria, Sarangani, and Sulop. Only the winners in Malita are not yet proclaimed as of press time.
Winners were already proclaimed in Compostela Valley, Davao del Norte, and Davao Oriental.
Canvassing is still on going in vote-rich Davao City, which has the biggest number of voters in the region at 750,000 out of the 2.26 million.
Comelec attributed the expedited canvassing to the dedication to work of the election workers, including thousands of teachers who served as members of the Board of Election Inspectors and some changes implemented by Comelec.
Unso said the greater concern is in the transmittal of certificates of canvass (COCs) from the province to the national canvassing in Manila.
He said since it is an official document, members of the Board of Canvassers in towns have to prepare reports and tally sheets carefully and deliver it personally to the provincial Comelec offices. The provincial election supervisors will then carry it personally to Manila, supposedly upon notification of representatives from political parties.
But Unso could not yet reveal the size of the voters’ turn out saying in the past it has been the least priority as they are focused on expediting the canvassing. (Walter I. Balane/MindaNews)