• Comelec sets record in ERs transmission

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    THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) has set a new record in election results (ERs) transmission with a 95.15 percent of data received from various regions across the country in less than a day or just 17 hours after voting has closed.

    Comelec Chairman Juan Andres Bautista on Tuesday disclosed that the National Capital Region (NCR) or Metro Manila tops the list at 98 percent transmission.

    “As of 11 a.m., 95.15 percent of the election results have already been transmitted in the three servers. This is just 17 hours after [the voting ended],” Bautista said. “This is again a new record.”

    He added that even the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, a perennial area of concern, has already transmitted around 60 percent, while most of the other regions transmitted from 80 to 90 percent.

    The transmission of ERs was made using a specialized subscriber identity module or SIM cards for areas with strong signals or through satellite transmission using the broadband global area network or BGAN for areas with weak or no signal.

    This year’s ERs transmission feat dwarfed the Comelec’s performance in the last two polls.

    In 2010, the transmission rate was 90 percent and went down to 76 percent in 2013.

    The election returns are transmitted to three places–the intermediate server, which is the municipality or city board of canvassers; the central server of the Comelec; and the transparency server under the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) and the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster sa Pilipinas.

    Bautista said they are also waiting for results from Overseas Absentee Voting in 82 Philippine posts in various countries around the world.

    According to the Comelec chief, they have so far received results from Malaysia, Agana in Guam, Yangon in Myanmar, Prague in Czech Republic and the Vatican in Rome.

    “We are also awaiting the posts that have large populations of Filipinos overseas, such as Hong Kong, Singapore and the United States,” he said.

    There are 1.3 million registered overseas Filipino voters.

    The Comelec had set an 80 percent target turnout or 1.1 million voters.

    Overseas voting started last April 9 and ended on May 9 together with the local and national polls.

    Bautisa said the Comelec aim is not just quick transmission of ERs but more important accurate counting of votes to avoid any doubts about the credibility and integrity of the elections.

    “What we don’t want to be accused of is trending. In the interest of transparency, you will know which in the country transmitted the results first,” Bautista pointed out.

    At press time, partial and unofficial results showed Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte still leading the race with a margin of 5 million to 6 million votes over his nearest rival.

    Data from the transparency server of the PPCRV showed that Duterte has already garnered 15,275,401 votes.

    For Vice President, it remained a toss-up between Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo.

    As of 11 a.m. Tuesday, Robredo was leading Marcos by more than 150,000 votes.

    Under the law, winners of the presidential and vice presidential races will be officially declared by Congress.

    The Senate and the House of Representatives will convene as the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC) for President and Vice President on May 25.

    The Comelec, on the other hand, sits as the NBOC for senators and party-list groups.

    Bautista said they expect to proclaim the 12 winning senators and party-list groups in a week’s time.

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