Comelec: Transmission of votes fastest in 2016

Paterno R. Esmaquel II

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Comelec: Transmission of votes fastest in 2016

Martin San Diego

Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista says the quick transmission of votes can help ensure credible polls

MANILA, Philippines – Saying this should prove doomsayers wrong, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday, May 9, said the transmission of votes this year is the fastest since the Philippines began to automate its elections. 

In a media briefing past 9 pm on Monday, Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista said the vote transmission rate as of 8 pm was already at 60%.

In the same hour in 2013, he said the vote transmission rate was only at 23%.

In 2010, it was at 17%.

On Monday, as of 11:09 pm, around 76.05% of precincts have reported election results, according to the partial, unofficial election results from the Comelec-GMA7 Mirror Server.

Bautista said the transmission rate this year is faster because the Comelec planned well for the transmission of votes.

Ensuring credible polls

The Comelec chairman explained: “Pinag-aralan namin ‘yung 2010 at 2013. Saan ba malakas ‘yung signal? Saan mahina ‘yung signal?

(We studied 2010 and 2013. Where is the signal strong? Where is the signal weak?)

He added that telecommunications companies also helped the Comelec in achieving this fast transmission rate.

Bautista then explained the importance of quick transmission in ensuring credible polls.

“If the transmission is not accurate and quick, there may be allegations that something is going on,” Bautista said.

He added: “When things are being delayed, there can be temptations that come our way. And therefore to help us out, let’s do it fast. Release the results as quickly as possible.” 

Bautista earlier said the Comelec is targeting a 90% transmission rate

The transmission rate in the 2013 elections was 76%. –

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Paterno R. Esmaquel II

Paterno R. Esmaquel II, news editor of Rappler, specializes in covering religion and foreign affairs. He finished MA Journalism in Ateneo and MSc Asian Studies (Religions in Plural Societies) at RSIS, Singapore. For story ideas or feedback, email