Comelec convenes as board of canvassers for senatorial race
MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) officially convened as the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC) on Monday afternoon to begin the canvassing of votes for the 2022 elections.
The Comelec, sitting as the NBOC, will be canvassing votes only up to the senatorial positions. The presidential and vice-presidential votes will be canvassed by Congress when it resumes session on May 23.
Earlier, Comelec Commissioner George Garcia said the country’s new senators may be proclaimed by May 15 to 16, citing previous polls.
For local positions, the Comelec may already proclaim the winners as early as the evening of the election day on May 9 up to May 10, he added.
Sitting as the NBOC, the Comelec is expected to accept certificates of canvass of votes across the country.
There are a total of 18,100 national and local posts up for grabs in this year’s elections.
Polling precincts opened at 6 a.m. and will close at 7 p.m.
But as voting began, several issues marred its opening in the morning, with power outages and faulty vote-counting machines (VCMs) being reported in some polling precincts.
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