PPCRV expects to have 50 percent of overall election returns by Wednesday

Published May 14, 2019, 10:05 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Minka Klaudia Tiangco

The Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) received more than 8,000 or about 15 to 20 percent out of the 85,769 election returns on Tuesday.

The Church-based poll watchdog group said they are expecting to have 15,000 election returns before the day ends and to receive 50 percent of the overall election returns by tomorrow.

The PPCRV has received election returns from Manila, Pasay, Makati, Mandaluyong, Parañaque, Cubao, Novaliches, Pasig, Taguig, Pateros, Cavite, and some parts of Region IV-A.

Every day, 300 volunteers manually encode the data on the election returns. The encoded data is then compared to the digitally-transmitted results to check its validity.

Dr. Arwin Serrano, PPCRV board member said they have already seen a few discrepancies in the conduct of the parallel count on the part of the encoders.

“Let’s face it, talagang pag may participation ng tao, talagang mayroong possibility of human errors din (When there is human participation, there is a possibility of human errors, too),” Serrano said.

To address this, the poll watchdog official said all data go through two stages of validation. If discrepancies are still seen on the second stage, the data will undergo a third stage of validation.

“Gusto talaga namin pulido, tsaka ‘yung gusto namin ay masasabi talaga namin na talagang kinompare natin, pinaghirapan natin ng husto (We really want refined results, and we want to be able to say that we really compared and worked hard for the results),” he said.

Serrano also said the PPCRV’s job to validate the results is more important now after a glitch caused the delay of the release of election results on Monday night.

Serrano also said that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) approved all of their demands in a statement that the PPCRV released after the glitch.

The poll watchdog group requested three “additional safeguards” from the election commission, including open recording devices for stakeholders to document proceedings, a broader range of stakeholders, including minorities and other independent parties, and preservation of logs which will be provided to all media partners, PPCRV, and other parties.