Party-list group asks SC to order probe into vote count discrepancy
MANILA, Philippines – Party-list group Confederation of Non-Stocks Savings and Loan Associations Incorporated (Consla) asked the Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday, December 14, to compel the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to initiate a probe into the alleged discrepancy in the number of votes the group received in the May 2016 polls.
Named respondents in the petition for mandamus were Comelec, GMA-7 News and Public Affairs, and the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV). The PPCRV is among the election watchdogs with access to Comelec's Transparency Server, which hold the unofficial count of election results.
In its 20-page petition-in-intervention, the group said there were discrepancies in the election results reported by the PPCRV and the Comelec's tally of the number of votes Consla received in the May 9 elections.
The group wants the SC to compel Comelec to investigate the discrepancy, adding that the poll body earlier turned down its request.
“It appears that there were large discrepancies between the votes for Consla as reported by the quick count conducted by PPCRV, and broadcasted through periodic updates of GMA-7 News and Public Affairs among other networks, and the official canvassing results determined by the Comelec,” the petition said.
According to the group, the PPCRV Twitter account showed that Consla received 523,753 votes as of 11 am on May 10. Consla maintained its 14th place ranking an hour later, with its votes increasing to 555,896 votes.
But Comelec's canvassing results on May 18 showed that Consla got only 213,814 votes – way below the results earlier projected by the PPCRV.
The party-list group said Comelec failed to properly explain the discrepancy between the election results, and denied its request to investigate PPCRV's quick count operations. It added that the PPCRV also had conflicting explanations about the discrepancy.
In its petition, Consla also asked for the release of the results of the random manual audit of 715 vote-counting machines, as well as an independent audit of the source codes and hash codes. – Rappler.com