PPCRV to release findings on transparency server logs Monday

Published May 19, 2019, 5:00 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Minka Klaudia Tiangco 

The Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) will release its findings on the transparency server logs on Monday (May 20).

PPCRV student volunteers start encoding the election returns at the PPCRV canvassing and monitoring center Tuesday. (ALI VICOY / MANILA BULLETIN)

PPCRV Media Director Agnes Gervacio confirmed this in a press briefing at the poll watchdog group’s command center at Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila Saturday afternoon.

“We will be ready to release our findings tomorrow. We are confirming that it will be released tomorrow,” she said.
The PPCRV asked for the transparency server logs from the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to determine what may have caused the glitch that delayed the release of election results on Monday.

Earlier, PPCRV National Chairperson Myla Villanueva confirmed that about 84 percent of the votes from 87,540 clustered precincts were sent to the transparency server, but were not flashed in the PPCRV’s tally board five hours after the glitch.

“Hindi siya makalabas as a file na nakikita natin, na makikita mo sa tally sheet (It does not appear as a file that we see in the tally sheet),” Villanueva explained.

Dr. William Yu, PPCRV board member, said they were able to see this because of the time stamps on the transparency server logs.

This was also how Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez explained the situation when he visited the poll watchdog group’s command center on Monday evening.

On Monday, the PPCRV’s tally board showed a leap of vote counts from only 359 or 0.4 percent of clustered precincts nationwide at 6:15 p.m. to 79,569 or 90.57 percent seven hours later.

Yu noted that the transmission this year was faster than in the previous automated elections. The transmission in 2010 was the slowest, but the transmission in 2013 gave out the least data, he added.

The PPCRV is also asking the Comelec for the central server logs to compare it with the transparency server logs, but Villanueva said they may be granted access after the proclamation of winning candidates.