TAGBILARAN CITY, May 9 (PIA)--Bohol Board of Election Canvassers has activated the Provincial Canvassing and Consolidation System Center at around 3:45 PM at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Session Hall of the Provincial Capitol Building.
But owing to the official close of polling still at 5:00, Bohol BEC Chairman and Commission on Elections Bohol Supervisor Atty Jerome Brilliantes momentarily puts it on recess.
Brilliantes said owing to the 5:00 closing of voting schedule, they did not expect any transmittal of votes for canvassing any sooner.
Present at the activation of the Canvassing and Consolidation System Tabulation Center were BEC Chairman Atty Brilliantes, vice chairman and Provincial Prosecutor Macario Delusa as well as Department of Education Bohol Division Superintendent Wilfreda Bongalos as secretary, along with COMELEC Bohol personnel as secretariat support.
Also present for the activation of the automated canvassing system were lawyer representatives of candidates and their parties, interest group representatives, watchers and members of the local media.
At the provincial tabulation center were also two projectors where the partial tally of votes can be seen as they come transmitted from the polling municipal canvassing centers which also consolidate the results transmitted from each Vote Counting Machine in the polling centers.
One projector is set inside the Session Hall and another shows the same projected result at the ante-room of the Session Hall, for curious onlookers so as not to congest the official tabulation inside.
But with the data transmittal expected after 5:00 PM, BEC declared a recess to reconvene at 7:30 PM May 9, Atty Brilliantes ruled.
Data from the Bohol COMELEC revealed that of Bohol's 1,109 barangays, some 5,471 precincts have been established.
But as to the automated elections, the established precincts were now clustered to 1,546 precincts all over Bohol.
From these clustered precincts, Bohol tends to have results of the 1,066 polling places sent to the municipal and the provincial canvassing centers by late tonight, COMELEC Bohol said.
This too as COMELEC projects over 80% voting turn-out in this May 9 presidential elections where some close to 640 thousand voters are expected to have voted.
COMELEC lists 798,768 active voters in Bohol eligible to vote for May 9. (rac/PIA7/Bohol)