Netizens on proclamation: Not so brilliant!

Christian Cejalvo
Social media users scoff at the 'premature' proclamation made by the National Board of Canvassers

MANILA, Philippines – The National Board of Canvassers (NBOC) came under fire after it proclaimed 6 senatorial candidates on Thursday, May 16, despite having processed only 24% the certificates of canvass (COCs). 

Commissions on Elections (Comelec) chair Sixto Brillantes Jr responded by saying that the canvassed 72 COCs (out of 301) were “sufficient to declare 50%” of winners. Read: Comelec’s defense: We used faxed tallies)

He also said that the rush to proclaim was due to the added pressure from the media, which kept insinuating that there were problems with the transmission of election results. (Read: ‘Pressure’ from media led to rushed proclamation)

Social media users scoffed at the “premature” proclamation made by the Comelec commissioners, saying that the remaining 76% of COCs should have been accounted for before a proclamation was made. Others, however, supported Comelec’s statement that the 24% is sufficient basis for declaring winners.

Here’s what they had to say:

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