Random manual audit covers over one million votes

April 30, 2010 8:22 pm 

By Ferdinand G. Patinio

MANILA, April 30 – More than one million ballots cast will be verified in the random manual audit (RMA), a Commission on Elections (Comelec) official said Friday.

Comelec Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal said that the auditing process would have a wide coverage as it involve 1,145,000 votes.

On Friday, the Comelec en banc approved the additional required clustered precincts from one per legislative district to five for a total of 1,145 precincts from 229 districts.

According to the 11-page Resolution 8837, the selection of the precincts will be done at 12 noon of May 10 at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City using a tambiolo (lottery container or drum) with numbered balls that have corresponding precincts.

Selection will be open to the media, political parties and stakeholders with any guest having the possibility of being invited to the process.

Auditing will be done by all the three members of the Random Manual Audit Team (RMAT) that is totaling to about 3,435.

Each RMAT will be receiving P2,000 to cover for their service, meal allowance and transportation expenses.

The RMA will be conducted at the clustered precincts and still in an open environment immediately after the voting period closes, the results transmitted and the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines were already shut down.

Only the votes for president, vice-president, congressman, governor, and mayor will be counted in the RMA.

The RMA is set to serve as a step to verify the accuracy of the electronic count done by the PCOS machines. (PNA)

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