Sotto wants COMELEC to explain delay in proclamation

Pasig City mayoral candidate Vico Sotto (Photo by DZRH Christian Mano)

Pasig City mayoral candidate Vico Sotto wants the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) to explain the delay in the official announcement of election results.

In a Facebook post, Sotto and his running mate former Pasig City Rep. Roman Romula, both leading the polls with a wide margin, said that they have been waiting since 2:00AM for the proclamation of their victory.

He noted that, as of 9:03AM, he has garnered 201,028 votes while his sole opponent Bobby Eusebio has 119,222 votes after 96 percent of the precincts were canvassed.

Romulo has received 216,202 votes while his lone rival for the district representative of Pasig City Ricky Eusebio has 94,362 votes.

It is mathematically impossible for our opponents to win,” Sotto said.

Sotto said that their lawyers have asked the Board of Canvassers to lower the threshold for proclamation to 96%.

However, Pasig election officers insisted that the Regional Director must approve the request and provide them with the pass-code to print the necessary document to proclaim their victory.

Sotto said that their request to the Office of the Regional Director has been duly received but election officers stressed that it has yet to be approved.

According to the mayoral candidate, no one has also explained the cause for the delay.

We can wait. BUT we are asking the COMELEC to inform us WHY there is such a delay,” Sotto said.

If we just need the go signal from the Regional Office, what is taking so long? We are not accusing anyone of anything. We just want to know the reason,” Sotto stressed.

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