MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has officially convened as the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC) on Monday, May 9, at around 3 pm to start canvassing senatorial and party-list votes.
As the NBOC, Comelec is expected to accept the certificates of canvass of votes for senator and party-list groups. Meanwhile, it’s Congress that will canvass votes for president and vice president. (READ: Why Congress needs to canvass votes for president, VP)
Some 65.7 million Filipinos are expected to cast their votes in a highly divisive elections. Polling precincts are open from 6 am to 7 pm.
The session is suspended and will resume on Tuesday, May 10, at 1 pm.
This is the first time that the Philippines is holding national elections in the middle of a pandemic, although the Comelec had conducted the Palawan plebiscite in 2021. President Rodrigo Duterte declared Monday as a special non-working holiday to enable Filipinos to exercise their right to vote.
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Check out below real-time unofficial results of the senatorial and party-list groups elections after voting closes at 7 pm, which will be transmitted via the Comelec transparency server.