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Congress poll fraud probe won’t affect transition of gov’t 05/22/2010

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Congress poll fraud probe won’t affect transition of gov’t


05/22/2010
Preparations for the smooth transition of power to the next administration will not be affected by reported moves in Congress to reschedule the proclamation of the next President and Vice President in deference to the committee investigation into reports of alleged electronic fraud in the May 10 polls.

Deputy presidential spokesman Charito Planas said Malacañang is “ready and just waiting” for the next administration even as it recognizes the fact that only Congress has the power to proclaim the incoming President and Vice President. 

“The Arroyo administration is ready and prepared to receive, and so it is up to the incoming President and Vice President to name their counterparts who will sit down with us for the transition,” Planas said. 

The Senate and the House of Representatives have reportedly agreed to move the proclamation of winning candidates for President and Vice President from the earlier reported date of June 4, possibly to June 30, in deference to the ongoing committee inquiry into allegations of electronic fraud. 

Under the Constitution, President Arroyo’s successor has to take the oath of office at noon of June 30. 

Planas said the Palace respects the decision of Congress, being an independent and co-equal power of the Executive branch of the government.... MORE  

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/nation/20100522nat1.html


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