Commission on Elections (Comelec) believes there will be a huge effect on vote counts for the national candidates once they receive almost a million of the voter turnouts from Isabela City.
Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez said that they still cannot proclaim the winners due to the remaining 1,050,681 votes including the 762 votes from Jones, Isabela where Vote Counting Machines (VCMs) and election materials were burned.
The Comelec command center is expecting to receive the certificate of canvass (CoC) at the Philippine International Convention Center at 7 o’clock this evening.
Based on their special elections monitoring in Jones, almost 50% of the registered voters cast their votes and there were no reports of malfunctioned VCMs, Jimenez added.
However, the certificate of canvass from Isabela is still pending.
Also, they are not yet receiving overseas absentea voting from Japan, 76,166; Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 326,620; Washington DC in United States, 228,473 and Abuja Nigeria, 1,999. (with reports from Bombo Jerald B. Ulep)