Slowdown in counting due to lack of 27th ER copies –PPCRV

May 11, 2010 8:01 pm 

MANILA, May 11 -The Parish Pastoral Counting for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) blamed on Tuesday the alleged refusal of the board of election inspectors (BEI) to furnish PPCRV volunteers with the 27th copy of Election Returns (ERs) for the slowing down of counting of votes cast during the May 10 elections.

Tita de Villa, National chairperson of PPCRV, said the PPCRV had to deal with the difficulties in getting the 27th copy of the ERs.

The 27th copy was intended for the PPCRV, which is the accredited citizen arm of the Commission on Elections.

She said they received information that their volunteers were not furnished a copy of the ER.

“We are receiving reports that the BEIs did not turnover the documents to the PPCRV poll watchers when in fact there is a general instruction that states that (they should be given to the) citizen arm.”

She cited the instances in the areas in Alaminos in Pangasinan and a one town in Ilocos Sur.

Another problem that can be attributed to the slowing down of the PPCRV was the case of human error.

She said some of their volunteers, who were designated to encode the votes for the presidential, vice presidential and senatorial candidates, have accuracy problems.

Ana de Villa-Singson, PPCRV media communications director, reminded their volunteers to be careful in encoding to avoid errors.

While they encountered 10 percent of error, they managed to fix it immediately.

PPCRV secretary general Clifford Sorita said that so far they have received ERs mostly from the National Capital Region. She also said they did expect to count all the ERs but if they reached 90 percent it would be very, very good.

Last Monday, the PPCRV started with its counting wherein data would be coming from the transmission from the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines. (PNA) RMA/JES


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