Monday July 23, 2018

Congress to convene as NBOC on May 24

CONGRESS is set to convene on May 24 as the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC) to canvass the votes for the presidential and vice presidential candidates in the May 9 elections.

Senate Secretary Oscar Yabes said sessions resume on May 23.

"On May 23, the Senate will first finish its work and pass on third reading a number of bills, which are on the last stages of enactment. The next day, we will proceed to join the House in convening the NBOC," Yabes said in a statement.

Senate President Franklin Drilon and House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. will then adopt the concurrent resolution to call the joint public session on May 24, Yabes said.

"During the joint session, the two chambers will adopt the rules for canvassing and create the Senate and House panels that will form the joint canvassing committee, which will conduct the actual canvassing of votes," he said.

The canvassing of votes, Yabes said, will start on May 25. It will also take place at the House of Representatives building in Quezon City.

Yabes noted that the consolidated canvassing system, which has received the electronically-transmitted certificates of canvass (COCs) from provincial and city boards of canvassers, as well as special canvassing panels for overseas absentee voting, has been initialized and stored in the venue since the day of the elections.

All the ballot boxes containing COCs and election returns that were earlier transmitted to the Senate will be brought to the House of Representatives on May 24. (Sunnex)