By Jane Bautista, Kathleen de Villa | Inquirer.net
The first batch of election returns (ERs) that show the vote count of a certain precinct had a “100-percent match rate” in the manual validation of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), the poll watchdog’s spokesperson said.
The batch included 16,820 ERs that were processed on the first day of the manual validation being done in the PPCRV command center at the University of Santo Tomas as of 11:20 a.m. on Wednesday, according to its spokesperson Van dela Cruz.
The figure, however, represents only 15.8 percent of the total 106,174 local ERs expected to be encoded and validated by the poll watchdog. The ER contains voting precinct data, including the vote tally, number of registered voters and voter turnout.
The manual validation of ERs is done to ensure that the digitally transmitted election results from the transparency server are the same as those in the printed election results. More than half a million people have volunteered to help PPCRV in the manual encoding and validation.
Under the poll automation law, each clustered precinct must send a printed copy of its ER to PPCRV, the authorized citizen’s arm of the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
The PPCRV copy is just one of 30 that must be sealed and distributed to various groups, including Congress, Comelec, the board of canvassers, political parties and the media.
Marcos lead maintained
As of Thursday morning, the PPCRV had received a total of 24,640 ERs, or just 23 percent of the total copies from clustered precincts. Most of these were from Metro Manila and some provinces in Luzon and Mindanao. It has yet to get ERs from the Visayas, Dela Cruz said.
According to the Comelec transparency server, Ferdinand Marcos Jr. maintained his lead in the presidential race, garnering 31,104,084 votes, or 58.74 percent of the total votes counted by the PPCRV.
According to PPCRV, votes from 106,008 of 107,785 total clustered precincts nationwide (or 98.35 percent) have been counted. (See tabulation on Page A7)As of 6:02 p.m. on Thursday, Marcos’ lead was 16.2 million votes over Vice President Leni Robredo, who got 14,822,041 votes, or 27.99 percent of the electronically transmitted results.
Sen. Manny Pacquiao is still in third place with over 3.6 million votes followed by Manila Mayor Francisco Domagoso with more than 1.8 million votes. Sen. Panfilo Lacson received 882,236 votes, or 1.67 percent.
In the vice presidential race, Davao City Mayor Sara still secured the top spot with 31,561,775 votes, or 61.29 percent, maintaining a wider gap of more than 22 million votes from Sen. Francis Pangilinan, who got only 9,232,876 votes.
Following Pangilinan was Sen. Vicente Sotto III with 8,183,179 votes and Willie Ong of Aksyon Demokratiko party with 1,851,382 votes.