COMELEC to assign more vote auditors

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The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will be assigning more auditors to manually count votes in select precincts nationwide hours after the automated midterm polls close on May 13. The poll body increased the number of members in a random manual audit team (RMAT) this year to 5 from 3 members each per legislative district in 2010 elections. With legislative districts now at 233, there will be a total of 1,165 manual auditors nationwide. Just like in the 2010 elections, public teachers will be tapped to comprise each RMAT. Each team is tasked with ensuring that there are no discrepancies between the election returns count and their manual counting of the ballot. In a midterm election, only votes for senators, representatives, and mayors will be manually counted.

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