Poll winners known in 48 hours–Comelec

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MANILA, Philippines—The winners in the May 13 elections will likely be known within 48 hours after the close of voting, according to the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

“Maybe in 48 hours, more or less, we’ll know the winners at the national level,” said Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes during a press briefing Wednesday.

He expressed confidence that in the municipal and city levels, just like what happened in 2010, winners will be known in 24 hours.

Brillantes disclosed that for the coming May elections, the Comelec has revised its policies on the proclamation of winners.

“The system before was that all precinct results must come out before you can proclaim. We changed that, it’s one of the enhancements that we’ve done under the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) system,” he said.

In 2010, the system would not generate results unless all votes had been counted.

“Now winners could be proclaimed if the untransmitted results will no longer affect the total results of the elections,” Brillantes said.

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