by Maris Federez | Posted on Wednesday, May 15th, 2019
The Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) believes that the remaining election returns that haven’t been transmitted yet are critical to the result of the senatorial race.
The citizen’s arm of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said that the untransmitted ERs could greatly affect the standing of the candidates in the last spots of the Magic 12.
PPCRV executive director Maribel Buenaobra said, “It’s going to be significant for those who are hanging by the scale of thirteen and the fourteen. But for the others from 1 to 10, it’s not going to be significantly changed. The remaining precincts who have yet to transmit might change those who are on the 12th, 13th and 14th.”
The PPCRV said they have encountered challenges in the transmission of the 4th election copy of the election returns to the command center for the validation process.
“Because some of the VCMs malfunctioned, they were unable to print election returns, so we were verifying that with the Commission on Elections,” Buenaobra said.
She added, “The delay in providing us with the election return really depended on how soon that the ERs were printed. Secondly, the physical distance. We were waiting for election returns of Visayas and Mindanao and some of them are coming from island provinces.”
The PPCRV further said it is still early to make an overall assessment of the election process.
Meanwhile, the National Citizen’s Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel) on Wednesday urged Comelec to exert all efforts to transmit all the ERs, believing that the remaining number could greatly affect the senatorial contest.
In a press statement, Namfrel said that “Comelec municipal and provincial election officers should exert all efforts to transmit unreported ERs to reduce the 2.25 percent untransmitted ERs because the numbers are critical in the senatorial contest where the figures among those in Numbers 10 to 14 positions are very close.”
“Assume a 75% turnout rate in the election, one gets an average 541 votes per ER. If there are still 1,930 untransmitted ERs with 541 votes per ER, you get a total unreported 1,043,721 votes,” Namfrel explained.
“This number is large enough to reorder the positions in the senatorial race, and most importantly, define without doubt the No. 12 or the last slot placer. The margin of votes between the current 10th to the 14th placer now stands at 398,000 well within the 1,043,721 unaccounted votes,” it added. (with details from Mai Bermudez) /mbmf
by Maris Federez | Posted on Wednesday, May 15th, 2019
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) earlier admitted that the number of problems encountered in the use of vote counting machines (VCM) during the May 13 polls has increased.
Monday’s poll has recorded more than 900 technical glitches, compared with only 188 recorded in the 2016 Presidential Elections.
Aside from this, around 2,000 SD cards have been found to also be problematic on the day of the elections.
The Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) said that should the Comelec decides to take in a new service provider, it should be an entity with strong technical skills and know-how. This is to prevent the occurrence of the same problem in the next elections.
“I think we should open it to all bidders that have global experiences. I think it’s better that more tech experts are part of the bidding process para talagang matanong lahat ng dapat itanong bago mag award [so that all questions will be cleared before the awarding (of new provider) is done],” said Myla Villanueva, PPCRV spokesperson.
Meanwhile, Senator Koko Pimentel said the Joint Congressional Oversight Committee on the Automated Elections System will conduct an investigation on the recent election glitches.
“I have already coordinated with the House panel chair, Cong. Sherwin Tugna, and we have set the schedule on June 4,” said Pimentel.
The Senator will ask Comelec whether the poll body had conducted a thorough checking on the machines.
“What happened? Maybe the standards and the tests were too low or the persons that were certifying the tests are too arbitrary or untrained or ignorant. So, tanungin natin lahat iyan [we will ask these things (to them)],” Pimentel added.
Comelec, on the other hand, assured that the machines used in the elections had gone thru thorough inspection. (with details from Mai Bermudez) /mbmf
by Maris Federez | Posted on Tuesday, May 14th, 2019
Malacañang is confident that the glitches that happened in the vote counting machines will not affect the result of the 2019 midterm elections.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the number of machines that encountered problems is relatively small compared with the total number of VCMs used nationwide.
Panelo also pointed out the measures that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) had taken to solve the matter.
Malacañang, however, reiterated that the poll body must review its contract with Smartmatic concerning the VCMs used in the election.
The Palace also supports the petition for Congress to conduct an investigation on the vote counting machine glitches.
“They should, kasi that should teach them a lesson. There must be something wrong although I was listening to some experts saying that alam mo yung makina kung three years mong di ginamit, most likely magkakaroon ng deperansya yan. Pwede nga [You know, if you don’t use the machine for three years, most likely there would be problems. It can happen],” Panelo added. (with details from Rosalie Coz) /mbmf
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