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Results of this year’s elections have not been counted, contrary to a claim by a Facebook user that presidential candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and his running mate, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, have already won.

The unofficial quick count from the Commission on Elections transparency server will only begin after polls close at 7 p.m.

Winners of the presidential and vice-presidential races will only be official after a proclamation by both houses of Congress which will convene as the national board of canvassers for the two positions. House of Representatives Secretary-General Mark Llandro Mendoza said in a BusinessMirror report that canvassing could start as early as May 23.

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