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article imagePhilippine presidential proclamation reset for Wednesday

By Leo Reyes     Jun 8, 2010 in Politics
Proclamation of the presidential and vice-presidential winners in the recently concluded automated elections in the Philippines has been reset for Wednesday instead of Monday as originally announced by the joint house and senate committee.
The proclamation comes nearly a month after the conclusion of the first automated election in Philippine history.
Atty. James Jimenez, spokesman of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) explained the delay was inevitable due to legal requirements.
The Comelec spokesman said the proclamations for president and vice president could have come earlier had it not been for procedural requirements under the law.
Philstar.com reports:
“This (proclamation), for us, is rather late considering that the results were available two days after the elections except that we have to give compliance to the law and all of that,” spokesman James Jimenez told The STAR.
“Again, while this is all very fast, by Philippine standards, it could have been quicker,” he added.
He said results of the automated polls were already available two days after the elections but there were some requirements in the canvassing that had to be met.
Meanwhile the hotly contested position of vice-president has been finally resolved with mayor Jejomar Binay of the country's premier city, Makati, winning over Sen. Mar Roxas by a slim margin of around 700,000 votes.
Binay will be proclaimed vice-president along with Sen. Noynoy Aquino on Wednesday.
Philippine vice-presidential contender and Makati City Mayor Atty. Jejomar C. Binay
Philippine vice-presidential contender and Makati City Mayor Atty. Jejomar C. Binay
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