PPCRV ends ‘quick count’ of 2016 polls

Michael Bueza
PPCRV ends ‘quick count’ of 2016 polls
But the election watchdog says its manual encoding and verification of election returns is still ongoing

MANILA, Philippines – The poll watchdog Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) ended on Wednesday afternoon, May 18, its partial, unofficial “quick count” of the 2016 national and local elections. 

At around 2:25 pm, the PPCRV stopped showing via LED screens in its command center at Pope Pius XII Catholic Center the election results received via the Commission on Elections (Comelec) Transparency Server.

PPCRV communications and media director Ana de Villa Singson said that the Comelec already advised them that the transparency server has received its last electronic transmission.

“We’re not going to show any data [on the screens] anymore,” she said.

As of this posting, the transmission rate to the transparency server stood at 96.14%. (READ: Comelec: Transmission of votes fastest in 2016)

However, she noted that their manual count of election results is still ongoing. Singson said the PPCRV and its volunteers have encoded around 45,000 election returns (ER).

PPCRV’s manual count is a way of validating what was reflected in the electronically-transmitted results.

“It’s like auditing the election results,” added PPCRV chairperson Henrietta de Villa.

The election watchdog gets the 4th copy of ERs printed by the vote-counting machines (VCM) deployed in over 92,000 clustered precincts nationwide on election day, May 9.

At this juncture, the PPCRV thanked its volunteers who, Singson said, “have selflessly given their time and effort without expecting anything in return.”

“We send all the love, gratitude, appreciation, and respect from the PPCRV headquarters to every single volunteer,” she said. “It’s pure generosity and love of country that drives them. Our volunteers embodies the best of the Filipino spirit…. Each and every one of them is a hero.”

The PPCRV is among the election watchdogs connected to the Comelec Transparency Server – housed at Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila – along with accredited political parties and media networks.

The Comelec earlier informed groups connected to the transparency and mirror servers that operations at Pope Pius would start winding down on Wednesday. The only remaining election return expected is from a clustered precinct in Masiu, Lanao del Sur. 

The transparency and mirror servers hold the unofficial count of election results, based on ERs received directly from the VCMs.

It is different from the official count, which serves as the basis of proclamation of poll winners. It will be based on ERs that go through a ladderized route: from the VCMs to the different canvassing servers at the municipal and provincial levels until 100% of election results reach the national board of canvassers in Manila. (READ: How does the PH automated election system work?)

The Comelec is set to proclaim the winning senators and party-list groups on Thursday, May 19.

Meanwhile, Congress will begin on May 25 the canvassing of election results for president and vice president. – Rappler.com

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Michael Bueza

Michael is a data curator under Rappler's Tech Team. He works on data about elections, governance, and the budget. He also follows the Philippine pro wrestling scene and the WWE. Michael is also part of the Laffler Talk podcast trio.