Comelec admits delay in the transmission of tallies in 195 precincts

May 13, 2010 7:38 pm 

MANILA, May 13 — An official of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Thursday admitted that some board of election inspectors (BEIs) failed to transmit the results of 195 precincts in some areas in the country after taking out the wrong compact flash (CF) cards from the precinct count optical scan (pcos) machines.

“It seems that the transmitted results did not tally with the content of the memory. We studied the problem and we basically narrowed down the issue to testing and sealing procedures immediately prior to elections,” said James Jimenez, Comelec Spokesperson.

He explained that the result transmitted were only 10 votes, which was the figure recorded in the “back-up” cf cards.

“That’s the results from the final testing and sealing (FTS) were saved to the back up memory cards and in some cases where the BEIs had to resort to some contingency measures, they took out the wrong card,” he said.

He further said, “the back up memory card contained the FTS data. So data transmitted coming from memory card accurate but the printed copy they used came from the back-up memory card, where the FTS files were saved. These are the 10 votes,” he added.

Jimenez added that the voters affected are more than 150,000 which is only 0.25 percent.

“Those that were affected are a little more than 150,000 voters so it’s actually a rather small number but we understand the reaction of the people if they see nothing other than the 10 votes,” he explained.

The Comelec official noted that they cannot release the names of the areas.

“I cannot give you a complete rundown of places because this is basically human error that happened across the country,” he said.

On the other hand, Jimenez asked the political parties to remain calm as they are doing their best to resolve the problem.

“I am calling on political players and their partisans to always maintain your cool. Again, the situation is well in hand, and it’s largely due to human error, nothing to do with the system. The system is counting accurately, the situation has been identified. It has been resolved,” he said. (PNA)

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