LENTE ready with preliminary report on RMA

Published June 5, 2019, 9:26 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Minka Klaudia Tiangco

The preliminary report on the random manual audit (RMA) will be released Thursday, an official from the Legal Network for Truthful Elections (LENTE) said.

LENTE Executive Director Rona Caritos
LENTE Executive Director Rona Caritos

LENTE Executive Director Rona Caritos said this during a radio interview with DZBB on Wednesday.

Caritos said the accuracy rate in this year’s RMA is higher than in the previous elections. She also denied that there were irregularities in the votes read by the vote counting machines.

“Wala ‘yung mga agam-agam natin na mali ‘yung binasa ng makina (The talks that there were irregularities when the VCMs read the votes are not true),” she said.

The RMA team ensures that there are no irregularities during the elections by manually counting votes from 715 randomly selected sample precincts and comparing them with the automated tally.

Overvotes, undervotes, and incomplete and misplaced shades are also tallied during the manual audit, Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Luie Tito Guia said in a previous post on social media platform Twitter.

Members of the Comelec, LENTE, the Department of Education-National Capital Region, the Philippine Statistics Authority, and the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) conducted the manual audit.

Guia said LENTE and PICPA volunteers act as audit supervisors “to ensure the integrity of the audit process.”