By Analou De Vera
The Legal Network for Truthful Elections (LENTE) said that the ongoing Random Manual Audit (RMA) might be extended until the second week of June.
“Malamang, we’ll finish earliest… the first week of June but latest, most probably kung may mga problema, second week of June,” LENTE Executive Director Rona Caritos told Manila Bulletin.
[Probably, we’ll finish earliest … the first week of June, but latest, most probably, if there is a problem, the second week of June.]
Caritos said that the reason for the possible extension is due to the huge number of ballots being audited.
“Ang average per ballot box is 700 to 800 (ballots). Hindi lang naman sya yung diretsong count. The teachers are also counting the over-votes and the under-votes for the three positions being audited,” she explained.
“Kung may discrepancy pa, kailangan pang ulitin ng teachers yung count to see if the discrepancy is due to human error count or meron bang problema sa makina,” she added.
[If there is a discrepancy, the teachers are counting it again to see if it is due to human error count or the problem is in the machine.]
Earlier, the LENTE said that they are hopeful to finish the RMA within two weeks or until May 30. The RMA started last May 15.
Asked whether they already observe major discrepancy, the LENTE official answered in negative.
“Wala. No news is good news ang laging sinasabi ko in the past few days,” said Caritos.
To note, the RMA is a process of manually counting the votes to validate the accuracy of the Vote Counting Machine. The RMA committee is composed of the Commission on Elections, LENTE, and the Philippine Statistics Authority.