CONTRARY to reports of alleged cheating in the elections, the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) in Davao region downplayed the allegations, claiming that cheating is impossible with the current system adopted in the elections.
“Imposible ang tikas. We did not receive reports like that (Cheating is impossible. We did not receive reports like that),” PPCRV-Davao liaison Officer lawyer Aileen Lizada told reporters in an interview.
Through the Random Manual Audit (RMA), which is a method done to verify whether the ballots tallied corresponds with the numbers transmitted with the election returns, the PPRCV reported that they had only recorded that one or two precincts had a variance of one or two.
“[This data] is very minimal and tolerable,” Lizada said, adding that it is probably due to either the chairman of the RMA did not read the shading or the machine did not read it.
Through the RMA, the manual auditor is given a guideline of at least 25% threshold in the shading of the oval in which to consider the vote as counted or not, Lizada explained. The result of the RMA was then compared to the machine count to determine whether there is a variance between them.
“If there is a variance of at least 10, we will return the ballot to Manila,” Lizada said.
Lizada explained that the data they had corresponds with the data from the Commission on Election, Kapisanan ng mga Broadkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP), and the transparency server.
Based on the data from Comelec, Lizada said there were 20 vote-counting machines (VCMs) out of the 506 clustered precincts that were replaced in District 1; 26 VCMs were replaced in District 2 out of their 396 clustered precincts; and 16 VCMs changed in District 3 out of 378 clustered precincts.
“These figures are not alarming and this is very tolerable,” Lizada said, adding that some of the problems encountered with the VCMs were that the machines were not sturdy enough and would easily overheat.
Lizada bared that all the reserved VCMs had been utilized during the Election Day to replace the defective ones but more than 100 VCMs were added on the same day to supplement the polling precincts with defective VCMs.