THE Church-based election watchdog Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) has admitted to errors during the conduct of its quick count of results of the May 9 elections.
PPCRV Communications and Media Director Ana de Villa Singson on Monday said there were indeed “issues” that surfaced during the quick count, specifically in the party-list race.
She, however, insisted that the group’s count was correct.
“Our screens are networked. There was a networking connectivity issue rather than the data. The data was always correct. It’s just the connectivity issue, that is why the ones projected on the screen were wrong,” Singson explained.
But she conceded that it is possible that the PPCRV may have projected the wrong screen shot.
“That is the problem with having a lot of volunteers. Sometimes, they show you a lot of screens and we can’t control it, but in the central server, we were able to show the wrong screen,” Singson said.
After learning of the error, she added, they corrected the figures being projected on their screen.
“That only happened for a short period of time. And when we found out, we fixed it right away… we had to do adjustments to the script of the party-list,” Singson said.
The Confederation of Non-Stock Savings and Loan Associations Inc. (Consla) party-list group filed a letter-complaint seeking an explanation of discrepancy in the votes it received.
Consla said the PPCRV Quick Count showed on May 9 that they already had 342,513 votes.
The next day, the party-list group noted that the PPCRV tally showed they already had 523,753 votes at 11 a.m. and 555,896 votes by 12 noon, to occupy Rank #14 in the tally.
These results were posted on the Twitter feed of the PCCRV, which became the basis of the complaint by Consla.
Earlier, a candidate for Buhay party-list group executed an affidavit attesting to the discrepancy in the votes garnered by Consla.
The group questioned results of canvassing by the Commission on Elections (Comelec), which showed Consla getting 213,814 votes.
PPCRV Chairman Henrietta de Villa expressed their readiness to explain before the Comelec or any other body that will probe issues raised by Consla.
“I will let the IT [Information Technology experts] explain… if they [Consla] want some certification, we will give it,” de Villa said.
Singson and de Villa maintained that their quick count was only partial and unofficial.
Last week, Consla asked the Comelec to probe the alleged inconsistencies seen in the partial and unofficial results shown in the transparency server between May 9 and 10, and the final number of votes garnered by the party-list group.
Several advocates of honest and free elections and poll experts have backed Consla’s demand for an investigation of the anomaly.