The proclamation of the May 13 midterm election winners in Palawan may be set this weekend when the defective secure digital (SD) memory cards have been replaced.
Provincial election supervisor Atty. Urbando Arlando said the 47 of the 48 replacement cards will arrive Thursday and the remaining is due on Friday.
Arlando said 15 towns have already transmitted their election results earlier. The remaining eight towns will transmit theirs on Thursday until Friday.
“Pinilit natin na mapaaga kasi kung hindi darating mas matagal ang mga proclamation natin. Basta ang sinabi natin na Saturday or Sunday ang proclamation ay maximum na ‘yon kasi may mga island municipalities tayo,” Arlando said.
On Wednesday, the provincial poll body anticipated a delay on the transmittal of election results citing 48 defective SD cards in 11 municipalities.
The 48 defective SD cards were reported from Aborlan, Agutaya, Araceli, Balabac, Bataraza, Brooke’s Point, Busuanga,Cagayancillo, Coron, El Nido, and Sofronio Española.
On Thursday morning, Coron, Busuanga, Bataraza, El Nido, and Sofrnonio Española already proclaimed their winners.
Arlando also said Balabac which received its SD card on Thursday morning, is expected to transmit election returns on the same day.
One SD card for the town of Araceli is also in transit from Roxas.
The memory cards for the towns of Brooke’s Point, Cagayancillo, and Agutaya are still in Manila. They are expected to be transported on Thursday or Friday.
The SD card for Aborlan is yet to be received by the COMELEC staff from the regional hub.
Arlando said they are already in the process of reconfiguration and will receive election returns from municipalities with 100 percent complete election returns (ERs).
“By speculaton, we can probably reset the election returns on Friday. Municipalities with complete ERs are expected to transmit the ERs,” he said.
Arlando added they are expecting that SD cards will work properly because they will be subject for replacement again if they do not work properly.
“We will replace again [if they do not work properly] but we are hoping that all reconfigured SD cards will function. Based on our observation, SD cards from Manila are functioning well. We are monitoring if the SD cards are properly functioning. But we are expecting that those SD cards will function just like in Busuanga and Coron,” Arlando said.
A total of 12 towns have already transmitted election returns the day after the election while 11 other municipalities encountered problems with the SD cards that delayed the proclamation of provincial candidates.
Arlando added the COMELEC officers personally transmitted the SD cards to the remaining municipalities.
“Pina-direct ko na sa kanila ang paghatid sa bawat munisipyo kasi dapat dumaan pa dito sa amin pero doon nalang, matatagalan pa tayo. Ang mga technical support team ng COMELEC ang magkakabit ng mga bagong SD cards, sila lang ang gumagawa n’yan,” he said.