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Comelec to probe on viral video of alleged pre-shading of ballots

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Thursday, May 16th, 2019

Courtesy: Kabataan Partylist Facebook page

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is set to probe the viral video showing the alleged “pre-shading” of ballots in Lanao del Sur.

According to Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez, the poll body will request the assistance of experts for forensic analysis. They will also seek the assistance of Facebook.

“Magre- request kami ng assistance from Facebook (We will request the assistance of Facebook) and perhaps refer it to the appropriate authorities for forensic analysis [but] we’re not dismissing it as fake. We’re not ready to make that determination yet. Alamin muna natin detalye ng video (We should first know the details of the video),” Jimenez said.

Comelec also calls on the video uploaders to come forward to expedite the process of investigation.

“We encourage whoever has information on this video to come forward and file a complaint. If it’s the original uploader themselves, then so much the better,” Jimenez adds.

However, Comelec cannot suspend the entire elections just because of speculations.

Meanwhile, the Board of Canvassers already tallied 114 Certificates of Canvass until 12:00 a.m.

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Proclamation of senators and partylist expected early this week—Comelec

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Sunday, May 19th, 2019

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) expects to carry out the proclamation of senators and partylists early this week.

Comelec Director Frances Arabe said during a press briefing on Saturday (May 19) that they are not ready to proclaim the election winners.

“On the matter of proclamation for the senators and partylists, we will announce the date and the time and that we are hoping that it will be early this week,” she said.

Arabe added that the mishaps during the transmission of votes, including the broken SD cards, delayed the canvassing by a week.

“They should have transmitted it at the close of voting, May 13 at 6 p.m. Philippine time. That should have been the date when they have transmitted all of these votes,” she said.

Out of 167 certificates of canvass (COCs), Comelec already canvassed 161 COCs which is 96.31% of the total COCs.

The remaining six certificates of canvass to be processed will come from Isabela province, Zamboanga del Sur, United States, Japan, Nigeria, and Saudi Arabia.

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PPCRV targets to finish analysis of poll audit logs this weekend

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Friday, May 17th, 2019

After receiving the audit logs from the Commission on Elections (Comelec), the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) aims to finish analyzing the poll audit logs this weekend.

According to PPCRV Chairperson Myla Villanueva they will look into the reason for the transmission delays.

“Titingnan po natin kung kumpleto ang datos na iyan from 6:15 p.m. hanggang nag up ulit sng mga tally board ng mga one in the morning. Ang pangalawa po nating titingnan ay kung ano ba talaga ang nangyari at namatay po ang tally boards natin at hindi nakatanggap ng information so nandiyan din po iyan sa logs na sinusuri natin ngayon ang pangatlo ay kung kumpleto ba ang data ng transparency server (We will check if the data is complete from 6:15 p.m. until it went up again at 1:00 a.m. We will also look into the reason why our tally boards went down and were not able to receive information. Lastly, we will check if the data in the transparency server is complete)” she said.(with reports from Mai Bermudez)

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Comelec to resolve election preparation mishaps

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Saturday, May 11th, 2019

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will resolve election preparation mishaps before the 2019 elections on Monday (May 13).

Comelec already released an order to regional election officers to open the upper right part of the ballot boxes delivered in their area to make sure those ballots were not mistakenly delivered.

This was after Comelec received reports that there were several ballots delivered to the wrong areas.

“So the order was issued to check the contents of the boxes by opening a small window in the box where the Ballot information is located,” according to Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez.

There are also 473 corrupted SD cards for vote counting machines found. A total of 43,000 SD cards will be used for the 2019 elections.

Jimenez also said it is under Comelec’s protocol to replace the corrupted SD cards.

“When as SD Card is reported as corrupted, we respond by preparing replacement cards and then the replacement cards are then swapped for the corrupted SD cards. We do not issue out new SD cards unless we get the corrupted SD cards in return,” he said.

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