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.
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.
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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