Monday, May 28, 2007

Namfrel counted 87% ERs, canvassing to wind up soon

The National Citizens Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel) will soon wind up canvassing of election returns (ER) from the May 14 midterm polls.

Namfrel Chairman Edward Go told reporters on Monday that the poll watchdog is left with only 13 percent of the total ERs from 224,748 precincts for canvassing.

“That means (we have canvassed ERs from) 87 percent of the precincts… We have about 13 percent to go…including areas where special elections were held like in Lanao del Sur," he said.

Go declined to say whether the remaining 13 percent of uncanvassed ERs would affect the standing of the senatorial candidates from the ninth to 16th place. “I don’t want to speculate kasi hindi ko pa nakikita ang bagong tally."

Go said there are still 500,000 uncanvassed votes from Maguindanao and the 13 municipalities in Lanao del Sur. - Fidel, Jimenez, GMANews.TV