Comelec: Partial results out every 3 to 4 hours

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Sunday, May 9, 2010


MANILA -- To keep the public updated, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said it will release the first partial election result after it receives data from 20 percent of the total number of polling precincts.

Updates on the results will be provided after every 10 percent of votes from the precincts arrive, said Comelec Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal.

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But Larrazabal said the time intervals between updates may vary, depending on the transmission of data.

Comelec Chairman Jose Melo estimated the intervals may be between three to four hours, and urged the media to provide regular updates on election results as well.

"Let the people be interested in the result," he said.

Raw data will be available in the Comelec website allotted for the election results, but the totals will not be divulged until the 20 percent target has been reached.

A "long discussion" was devoted to the matter during a meeting among Comelec officials, senatorial candidates of the Nacionalista Party (NP), Representative Teddy Boy Locsin of the joint congressional oversight committee and Smartmatic officials regarding the NP’s election concerns.

Senator Francis Escudero earlier suggested that the partial number of votes be withheld from the public for a while, to prevent trending.

Locsin opposed Escudero’s suggestion. "We only have one time zone so you cannot cause trending," he said.

Locsin instead suggested that the 20 percent be lowered to 10 percent so that Comelec may release the partial results more frequently.

The main issue discussed in the meeting was the NP’s concern regarding reports of Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines in isolated areas still having the old compact flash cards, said Rep. Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

"But then again, even if it’s a concern, the Comelec and Smartmatic seem to have a plan to remedy the situation so we will just have to allow them to do their work," he said.

"In fact they are able to catch up with their timelines and their schedules," he added.
NP called for the meeting to air their concerns after 76,000 compact flash cards were recalled by Smartmatic Thursday.

50% in place

The release of elections results will only happen if all of the (PCOS) and the reconfigured compact flash (CF) memory cards are in place and functioning accurately for the May 10 elections.

Close to 60 percent of the PCOS machines nationwide is targeted to be tested and sealed by Saturday night, according to Smartmatic-TIM Asia President Cesar Flores.

"For sure, more than 50 percent or close to 60 percent will be tested and sealed today (Saturday) and the rest will be tomorrow (Sunday)," Flores said.

Flores said 85 percent of CF cards in Northern Luzon, National Capital Region, and the Visayas have been delivered while 95 percent of the memory cards have been sent out in Mindanao.

Some 70 percent has been delivered to respective municipalities nationwide, said Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal.

Through a tracker in its website, airfreight company Air21 reported that 859 out of 934 packages or 90.89 percent have been delivered to selected regions as of 3:58 p.m. Saturday.

Air21 is in charge of delivering election paraphernalia to Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).

As of 1:52 a.m. of Sunday, the online tracking of Air21 at http://www.air21.com.ph/xml/cfcards_public.php showed that 933 CF packages have been delivered out of the 934. The one for Eastern Samar in Eastern Visayas is in-transit.

Air21 also reported that 100 percent of CF cards have been delivered in the National Capital Region. (Angela Casauay/Sunnex)

Comelec partial results out every 3 4 hours

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