Brillantes: No reason to panic over discrepancies in RMA and PCOS results

May 29, 2013 11:16 pm 

MANILA, May 29 — Commission on Elections Chairman Sixto Brillantes, Jr. said there is no reason to panic over the reported “discrepancies” in the Random Manual Audit (RMA) count and the electronic results generated from the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines in the May 13 midterm polls.

“Wala dapat ikapanic. Initial report lang. Very transparent nga ako na sinabi ko na merong ganon,” he said.

Brillantes also corrected himself, saying he should have used the word, variances and not discrepancies.

“Nagkamali lang ako siguro with the use of the word, discrepancy. The correct term is there were variances,” he said.

He added, “Variances would actually be a toning down of a discrepancy. Ang discrepancy kasi mas mabigat e, mas matapang lang ako magsalita.”

Brillantes reiterated that the manual count and the machine count will not be perfect since the count of the latter has been programed in the machine.

“It could not be a perfect thing between the machine count and the manual count cannot be perfect kasi may threshold din. Hindi naman puede ‘yung makina wala sa program. Ang tao hindi naman napoprogram mata nyan may kanya kanya siyang discretion,” he explained.

With this, Brillantes said that they are waiting for the report of the RMA Committee to be released in June 13.

On Tuesday, the poll body chief revealed that there were some discrepancies in the RMA of the May 13 polls since it does not match the results from the machines.

“There were some discrepancies and these are now being segregated already,” he said.

Republic Act 9369 or the Poll Automation Law states that there should be RMA conducted in one precinct in each of the 234 congressional districts randomly chosen by the RMAC. (PNA)



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