Election watchdog says no discrepancies

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The Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) disclosed on Tuesday that they have not seen any major discrepancies between the Commission on Elections (Comelec) transparency server and the 8,000 or so election results they have received so far.

In a statement, PPCRV Board Member Dr. Arwin Serrano said that the number of election results they have is only around 10 percent of the total number of clustered precincts and most of it came from Metro Manila.

“We have only seen small discrepancies,” said Serrano. “The small discrepancies are human errors.”

Serrano also explained that encoders can mix up numbers that resulted to the PPCRV and media networks not being able to get updated figures from the transparency server due to a supposed error with an application.

The PPCRV official noted that they are hoping to receive a total of 12,000 to 15,000 ERs by Tuesday evening and by Wednesday, they hope to get 50 percent of the ERs nationwide.

To avoid human errors, Serrano said they have been encouraging their volunteers – mostly students from Catholic schools – to rest.

“Now we’re encouraging three shifts because we don’t want our volunteer encoders to be very tired,” said Serrano, adding that in the past elections, they would receive ERs that were smudged or damaged and this made encoding hard.

This is why all encoded data from election returns go through two layers of validation. ERs that are damaged will go through third validation, PPCRV added.

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