THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) has asked the Church-based election watchdog Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) to answer allegations of vote manipulation during its quick count.
Comelec spokesman James Jimenez on Tuesday said it is the responsibility of the PPCRV to come out with an explanation on the alleged discrepancy raised by the Confederation of Non-Stock Savings and Loan Associations (CONSLA) before the Commission can act on it.
“The letter is basically pointing out discrepancies between the PPCRV count and the Comelec count. Recently, the PPCRV has admitted that there were some miscalculations on their part. So I think in the first instance the people who should do the explaining is the PPCRV,” Jimenez said.
According to him, the PPCRV should look into its system first to determine why its quick count did not match the Comelec’s official tally.
“You look at what the problem is. In this case, the discrepancy is between an unofficial source and the official result. So tingnan mo muna yung unofficial before you disturb the official one,” Jimenez told reporters.
He said the Comelec is willing to assist the PPCRV in explaining the discrepancy but it should be done in accordance with the process.
In the case of CONSLA, Jimenez said the “logical first step would be to look at the PPCRV results since its officials have said they are willing to explain the discrepancy.”
In its letter-complaint, CONSLA noted how the PPCRV Quick Count, which was sourced from the Transparency Server, showed on May 9 that they already have 342,513 votes.
The next day, the party-list group noted that the PPCRV tally showed they already have 523,753 votes at 11 a.m. and 555,896 votes by 12 noon.
CONSLA has also formally asked the Comelec to conduct an investigation into the discrepancy of the votes it received.
The PPCRV admitted Monday that there were errors during its conduct of quick count but that the group’s date was right.