Nograles moves back proclamation timetable
Posted by akosistella on May 21, 2010
MANILA, Philippines – Presidential frontrunner Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III might have to wait longer before Congress proclaims him winner in the May 10 presidential election.
Speaker Prospero Nograles has moved back the proclamation timetable by more than three weeks, from June 4 to June 30, when President Arroyo must hand over power at noon to her successor, as Congress looks for indications of automated poll fraud.
In a television interview, Nograles said the Senate and the House of Representatives would be able to proclaim the winning candidates for president and vice president “on or before high noon of June 30.”
via Philippine Star.
Enrile squelches ‘no proclamation’ scenarios
SENATE President Juan Ponce Enrile squelched “no proclamation” scenarios owing to anomalies attending the May 10 automated elections as he assured that the joint congressional canvass of presidential votes, which starts next week, could be completed before June 30.
“We will try to make it [canvassing] fast but we are not going to sacrifice accuracy for speed,” Enrile said. “But we can assure the nation that we will finish it on time to proclaim a President and [a] Vice President before June 30. We estimate that the session for the canvassing could be over by June 4,” he added.
Enrile explained that the Senate and the House will first meet separately on Monday to draft the canvassing rules and then convene in joint session on Tuesday afternoon to approve the rules that will apply when they start canvassing the votes prior to proclaiming the official winners in the elections for president and vice president, as mandated in the Constitution.