The Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) and the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) raised concern over the decision of the Commission on
Elections (Comelec) to suspend the release of tallies from the transparency server after the partial proclamation of winning senators.
PPCRV communications and media coordinator Ana de Villa Singson said they could not ignore the data coming from 23.86 percent of all Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines from around the country.
Singson said the data from these precincts, representing 11,578,413 votes, have not been counted.
“That’s a big figure. It’s a matter of concern to us. We will be blind to that large amount of data. The impact is too significant,” Singson told reporters.
Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. announced that the results from the transparency server to which PPCRV and other media groups are hooked will no longer be released after the top six senators are proclaimed.
Brillantes said the Comelec wants to suspend the transparency count to prevent confusion, and to “show some respect” to them.
PPCRV Chair Henrietta de Villa said they still want to be furnished records of the unaccounted data from 23.86 percent of the PCOS machines.
“We are asking for a copy of all the tabulated precincts and votes, whether or not they were included in the transparency server or manually uploaded,” De Villa said.
KBP Board Chairman Herman Basbaño, meanwhile, said the public has the right to know updates on the counting of the votes. He expressed alarm over the Comelec decision which he said will stop the media “from informing the public of what is the latest figures getting into their servers which is passed on to us.”
“I’m not saying that something hanky panky or anything illegal is being done. It might not be able to address the problem that we have right now. I’m referring to the anxiety of many of our people,” he added.
The PPCRV said that in 2010, the transparency server was able to read 90.35 percent of all precincts when transmissions ended.
The Team PNoy Senate slate warned of possible distortion of election results if the delays in the transmission of election returns will persist.
Team PNoy campaign manager and Sen. Franklin Drilon, in a statement, said since counting began Monday night, the election returns were being transmitted smoothly until delays were encountered on Wednesday.
“This [delay]may have an impact on local races where the margins between contenders is tight and could even have an impact on the last two slots in the senatorial race,” Drilon pointed out.
He cited the case in the Fourth District in Camarines Sur where election results were not transmitted due to defective compact flash (CF) cards.
“LP bet Aga Muhlach, who has been consistently ahead in the tally, started trailing his opponent Wednesday morning, after several precincts failed to transmit the election returns,” he said, referring to the Liberal Party.
Based on partial official results from the Comelec Transparency Server as of press time, nine candidates of Team PNoy are in the Magic 12—Grace Poe, Loren Legarda, Francis Escudero, Alan Peter Cayetano, Juan Edgardo Angara, Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino 4th, Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel 3rd, Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th and ex-rep. Cynthia Villar.
“With just 30 percent the total votes left to be counted, we are worried that these incidents could have an impact on the perception on what has so far been a smooth and orderly election. We do not want the public to question the integrity of the electoral process,” Drilon said.
“We hope that the root causes of such delays will be addressed immediately,” Drilon said.
11 million untransmitted votes
As of 10:20 a.m. Thursday, over 11 million votes have not yet been electronically transmitted to the transparency server.
At 494,975, Pangasinan has the highest count of untransmitted votes, while
Lanao del Sur has the highest percentage of PCOS machines which have not transmitted election returns: 84.1 percent or 964 of 1,146 PCOS. This translates to 271,541 registered voters.
The provinces with the biggest number of registered voters whose votes have not yet been electronically transmitted are Pangasinan – 727 PCOS, translating to 494,975 registered voters, Cavite-591 PCOS (492,590 voters), Quezon-651 PCOS (349,639), Zamboanga Del Norte-54 PCOS (346,736 voters), Negros Oriental-493 PCOS (343,430 voters), Apayao-22 PCOS (12,163 voters), Sarangani-12 PCOS (8,725 voters), Batanes-18 PCOS (4,124 voters), Dinagat Islands-4 PCOS (2,661 voters), Siquijor-4 PCOS (2,317 voters.)
As of press time, de Villa was waiting for Smartmatic officials to conduct an “audit lab test” by IT experts and Board of Trustees of the PPCRV in connection with the alleged tampering by a Smartmatic technician of data in the transparency server.