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Meralco assures no power outages during elections

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Friday, April 12th, 2019

During a press briefing on Friday (April 12), Manila Electric Company (Meralco) assured that there will be no power outages during the May elections.

Company spokesman Jose Zaldarriaga said they already have contingency measures including forming a task force to make sure the elections this coming May will run smoothly.

“Contingency measures are in place to make sure uninterrupted elections,” he said.

They will also dispatch mobile generator sets to critical areas that might be affected by the power outages.

“Kasama diyan ang pag-dispacth ng mga (These include dispatching) mobile gen sets in areas we deem as critical to ensure that there will be no power outages in the precinct and the canvassing centers,” he said.

On Thursday, Senate energy committee chairman Senator Sherwin T. Gatchalian raised concerns over possible power outages during election day.—Aileen Cerrudo

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Namfrel favors investigation of election mishaps

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Monday, May 20th, 2019

Courtesy : Election photo by Rodel Acuvera Lumiares‎ of PVI-PRESS

The National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel) favors a congressional investigation into reported mishaps during elections.

“The unfortunate thing about the multiple mishaps in the May 13 elections is that the problems were preventable. The May 13, 2019 Midterm Elections is the fourth time that the automated elections systems was used. For all these problems, the COMELEC should be held responsible,” according to their statement.

Namfrel National Council Member Lito Averia also said the Commission on Elections (Comelec) should face investigation in Congress on June 4.

“Pabor kami diyan kasi nga nakalagay sa batas nitong automated elections system. Dapat tinitingnan nitong joint congressional oversight committee both the Senate and House of Representatives na tingnan kung papaano nagtrabaho ang automated elections at evaluate nila ulit. May assessment iyan (We are in favor of it, because it is stated in the law on automated elections system. The joint congressional oversight committee, both the Senate and the House of Representatives should look into how the automated elections work, including an evaluation. There should be an assessment there),” he said.

Meanwhile, Comelec admitted that the number of vote counting machines (VCM) that malfunctioned tripled during this elections compered to the 2016 elections.

Comelec said that over 1,600 SD cards were needed to be replaced in this year’s elections while only 120 SD cards needed replacement in 2016 elections.

According to Comelec Chairman Sheriff Abas they are already investigating the issues.

“Definitely, pinapa-review ko na sa Law Department iyong magiging penalty just in case or may violation ng kontrata but again syempre kailangan din natin marinig iyong side nila, (Definately, I directed the Law Department to review the possible penalties just in case there is a violation of contract. But again, we also have to know their side),” he said.

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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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Verified election returns 99.98% matched transmission results—PPCRV

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Saturday, May 18th, 2019

The verified election returns matched the transmission results by 99.98 percent according to the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV).

PPCRV Chair Myla Villanueva said there is no significant discrepancy.

“The data that we have in the transmission server matches 99.98 percent with the ERs that we have checked here. And these ERs today came from Lingayen, Tarlac, Kalibo, [Nueva] Viscaya, Cagayan de Oro, Pangasinan,”
Villanueva told reporters on Friday (May 17).

The PPCRV has verified 26,800 election returns or around 30 percent of the total election returns.

According to Villanueva they have yet to verfiy more election returns because some will have to come from far-flung areas.

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