Successful results transmission enables fast proclamation in the Philippines

Manila, The Philippines – May 19, 2016 - The successful transmission of election results has enabled authorities in the Philippines to timely proclaim 99,96% of all the 18,025 officials elected on May 9.

Commenting on the resounding success of this third automated election in the Philippines, Elie Moreno, Smartmatic Philippines General Manager, stated: “We are pleased to have achieved the expected 100% of transmission in record time, allowing the Comelec to proclaim 100% of the senatorial contest winners only a little over a week after the elections”.

Today, the Philippine Commission on Elections (Comelec), acting as the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC), proclaimed the twelve winning senators and 59 party-list groups at the Philippine International Convention Center.

During the proclamation, several Senators thanked the Comelec for a “credible and transparent elections, the very basis of democracy” and they referred to the automated polls “as a success”.

Senator-elect Leila de Lima praised the Comelec for the successful handling of the automated polls saying that "we wouldn't be where we are now if the elections were still manual."

Senator-elect Franklin Drilon, for his part, recognized the hard work and determination of the poll body to hold the elections despite the many seemingly insurmountable challenges saying that "the nation owes you (Comelec) one."

The proclamation came after all 164 Certificates of Canvas (COCs) were transmitted to the NBOC only ten days after the elections. The speed with which such proclamations are being held has become the norm after the country shifted from manual to automated elections in 2010.
44,872 candidates competed in these synchronized national and local elections. Turnout reached a historical high, with 44 million Filipinos casting their ballots.
US President Barack Obama noted that the successful election and record voter participation were emblematic of the Philippines' vibrant democracy.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Stock Exchange index notched its biggest 1-week gain after an election in 10 years.
“This is proof that automation has vastly improved the conduct of elections in the Philippines and is doing a lot in strengthening democracy in the country,” Karen Jimeno, Head of Voter Education stated.