‘Java error’ caused tally fluctuation – Comelec

‘Java error’ caused tally fluctuation – Comelec
The 'temporary' glitch causes a dip in the percentage of election returns reported on the Commission on Elections transparency server

MANILA, Philippines – The percentage of election returns being reported by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) transparency server to media groups and watchdogs fluctuated early Tuesday morning, May 14.

The percentage dropped to 49.76% for its 6:19 am tally, down from 92.89% at 5:45 am. The figure returned to 93.45% on the succeeding update at 8:01 am.

About two hours after the dip, Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon, in an interview with GMA News, provided an explanation. “Ang paliwanag po ni Commissioner [Marlon] Casquejo sa akin kasi siya chair ng steering committee natin ay may Java error po.…There’s nothing to worry about…’Yun po muna ang tingnan natin, ‘yung problema na bumaba ang [data] is temporary…[i-restart] lang naman ‘yang Java app na ‘yan.” 

(Commissioner Marlon Casquejo’s explanation – since he is the chair of the steering committee – is that there was a java error. There’s nothing to worry about. Let’s look at that first. The problem that the data dipped is temporary. The Java app just has to be restarted.)

Java is a programming language. 

“We are fixing it, Comelec is fixing it,” she added.

Earlier, the server also experienced a glitch that lasted for 7 hours, preventing updates in that time span. – Rappler.com


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