(Update)Palawan Board of Canvassers prepare to tally votes at Sangguniang Panlalawigan
May 13, 2013 10:35 pm
PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, May 13 -– The Provincial Board of Canvassers (PBC) of the Commission on Election (COMELEC) that will officially tally the poll results of Monday’s “generally peaceful” election in Palawan has already convened at the session hall of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan located inside the Provincial Capitol Compound in this city.
Panchito Reynoso of the Palawan COMELEC told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) that the PBC started convening at 6:00 p.m., an hour before all polling precincts in the province closed and board of election inspectors (BEIs) prepare to transmit the results of the local automated election to a consolidation canvassing system (CCS) set up at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.
The consolidation canvassing system is a laptop that is specially coded and designated to be fast, accurate, reliable and auditable to receive poll results that will be transmitted by PCOS machines from polling precincts in different areas in Puerto Princesa and Palawan.
Reynoso said they expect the municipality of Kalayaan in the contested West Philippines Sea to first transmit election results with only 288 registered voters who finished early. As of press time, it has not submitted though.
However, from all 23 municipalities, he said they expect to be able to give accurate results within 48 hours. Although partial unofficial results will occasionally be given by a nominated spokesperson of the PBC.
At the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, police and military authorities are imposing stricter policies on supporters of various candidates who want to witness the poll canvassing, including members of the media.
The area where the CCS is located with members of the PBC has been cordoned off. Only a minimal number of people are allowed to enter this. Legal officers working for all candidates were directed to observe in one area only of the session hall.
Meanwhile, at the City Hall Building in Barangay Sta. Monica, lawyer Ma. Buen Consejo Lim-Narrazid said the City Board of Canvassers has also convened early to prepare for the transmission of poll results from voting precincts in 66 barangays.
Narrazid said they expect no problem in the transmission of votes despite numerous reports of PCOS machines suffering from temporary disorders, and voters complaining that they did not see their names in registered voters’ lists.
So far, only barangays Bagong Sikat and Sicsican in the city have transmitted poll results from PCOS machines, but the CBC did not give yet the votes that candidates received.(PNA)
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