PPCRV won't achieve 100 percent validation of ERs.
By Ellson Quismorio
The Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) won't be able to complete the validation of all election returns (ER) produced during the May 13 polls, PPCRV Chairperson Myla Villanueva admitted during a press briefing Monday afternoon or a week after the conduct of the midterm elections.
"I would like to tell the public that we probably won't complete the entire set [of ERs], but we are coming to a point of statistical significance," Villanueva said, likening it to a survey with good sample size.
Over the weekend, the Church-backed poll watchdog told reporters that it has already collected 34,610 out of the 87,540 (39.54 percent) printed ERs that they are mandated to use in their validation process.
The PPCRV gave no updated figure Monday, although Villanueva said they intend to honor their volunteers' hard work by encoding data from all of the available ERs at their command center within the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila.
"Again we are counting on our volunteers. They are going through mountains, they are going through [ponds]; they are riding tricycles, cars, walking just to get the ERs to us. And it is important that at least what we receive, we encode," said the Silicon Valley graduate.
The Philippines is an archipelago of over 7,000 islands, making the delivery of all ERs to the PPCRV a gargantuan task.
The PPCRV is accredited by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to conduct a parallel unofficial count to go with the latter's official count during the canvassing of ballots. The group uses the fourth printed copy of the ERs, which Villanueva described as "sacred" and "pure" since they are pre-transmission copies of the votes cast.
Theoretically, the PPCRV can catch discrepancies between its encoded data from the ERs and the electronically-transmitted results from Comelec.
Villanueva said last week that their validation efforts has shown a match rate of 99.98 percent. On Monday, she said that the match rate remained "very high."
"Sa amin, gusto lang namin na makalampas siguro ng threshold or makumpletong ma-encode lahat ng nataggap namin. Kasi we owe it to our volunteers, pinaghirapan po nilang kunin ang ERs so hindi po kami titigil hangga't hindi matapos ang encoding ng kada ER," she said.
(For us, we just want to breach the threshold or complete the encoding of everything we receive. Because we owe it to our volunteers, they went through hardships to get the ERs so we won't stop until every ER is encoded.)
PPCRV student volunteers start encoding the election returns at the PPCRV canvassing and monitoring center at the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center along UN Avenue Manila. (ALI VICOY / MANILA BULLETIN)
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|Date:||May 20, 2019|
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