In the recently concluded May 13, 2019 elections, hundreds are shouting foul as their candidates lose. These people are convinced that there has been an anomaly during the elections and the votes were tampered.
No need to worry
Today, Agnes Gervacio, the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) who were the midterm election’s watchdogs, said in an interview that the public should not worry about the results of the election.
“So far so good”, these were her words as she sat in an interview with DZBB Super Radyo.
“Wala po kaming nakikitang dahilan para magkaroon ng agam-agam.” she also added.
In a tweet that the radio station shared, Gervacio shared that the accuracy level of the election results is 99.98 percent.
LIVE sa DZBB: Agnes Gervacio, Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (@PPCRV_National) Media Director kaugnay ng ilalabas na resulta ng kanilang obserbasyon sa ‘transmission log’ ng transparency server ng @COMELEC.
— DZBB Super Radyo (@dzbb) May 20, 2019
An almost perfect percentage should lessen the public’s worry, shouldn’t it? On the other hand, how perfect is it so we can trust in her words?
She explained that their job was to really check the balance by comparing the pre-election returns to the physical returns.
“Ang trabaho po talaga kasi ng PPCRV ay mag-check and balance sa pamamagitan ng pagkumpara ng physical election returns na pre-transmission sa electronic reference ng Comelec (Commission on Elections),”
She also added that she admits that the automated elections in the Philippines is not perfect. However, it can be improved.
They compare the results by having volunteers encode the physical election returns to be delivered to PPCRV headquarters in Manila. These encoded results are are then compared to the data of the electronically transmitted vote-counting machines to the transparency server.
“Hindi perpekto pero sa tingin ko ay mapapaayos natin ang AES (automated election system),”