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HIGHLIGHTS: Proclamation of party-list groups – 2022 PH elections

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HIGHLIGHTS: Proclamation of party-list groups – 2022 PH elections

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Over two weeks since the May 9 vote, the Commission on Elections (Comelec), sitting as the National Board of Canvassers, proclaimed the party-list groups that will occupy the 63 seats allotted for them in the 19th Congress.

The proclamation took place at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on Thursday, May 26.

Check this page for highlights, context, and analysis. For Rappler’s live video coverage of the party-list groups’ proclamation, click the YouTube video below.

HIGHLIGHTS: Proclamation of party-list groups – 2022 PH elections

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HIGHLIGHTS: Proclamation of party-list groups – 2022 PH elections

Rappler’s Dwight de Leon takes us through the preparations for the proclamation of the party-list groups that will occupy the 63 seats allotted for them in the 19th Congress.

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Bayan Muna, which was among the few party-list groups to have topped multiple party-list elections, will not be part of the 19th Congress.

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