PPCRV: No sign of systematic attempt on poll fraud

May 19, 2010 8:05 pm 

MANILA, May 19 — The Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) said on Wednesday there was no sign of systematic attempt on poll fraud as it decided to end its 10-day run since the May 10 automated national and local elections.

PPCRV chairperson former Ambassador to Rome Henrietta “Tita” de Villa said only 0.07 percent of the Election Returns (ERs) from 43,035 clustered precincts which they tallied showed signs of discrepancies.

“The May 10 automated elections was considered as good and generally clean,” she said, adding that the report will be submitted to the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

Amid speculations and doubts that the automated election would not succeed, De Villa said the PPCRV and majority of the Filipinos still believe that the AES (Automated Election System) should stay.

She said there was no systematic attempt on fraud.

“If there was an attempt, well then they failed to pull it off,” she stressed.

With the minimal errors discovered by the group and despite the recent allegations of vote-shaving made by a whistleblower, De Villa said, “Without a doubt, we will recommend the continuation of the automation.”

The PPCRV-Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) Election 2010 Count—Comparison of the Manually Encoded 4th ER and the Transmitted Data of the Comelec released the latest tally during a press briefing held Wednesday at the Pope Pius Center on United Avenue in Ermita, Manila.

The PPCRV-KBP said that as of Tuesday midnight, out of the 70,255 ERs they had so far received, which represented 92.02 percent of the total of 76,475 ERs or clustered precincts, they had so far encoded 43,035 ERs, of which only 29 of the total precincts or a mere 0.07 percent showed discrepancies. (PNA) scs/JES

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