Thursday, May 13, 2010

PPCRV says some BEIs refuse to give 4th copy of ERs

05/13/2010 | 02:36 PM

Original Story:

An official of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting said Thursday they are having difficulty obtaining some copies of the election returns (ERs), supposedly for PPCRV, from several areas in the Visayas and Mindanao.

PPCRV communications director Anna de Villa-Singson said the Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) of the areas mentioned refuse to give them the fourth copy of the ERs.

"Some BEIs are refusing to give to our volunteers the fourth copy of the ERs even with a letter from Chairman Jose Melo saying that under the law, we are entitled to it," she said

The group is the only accredited citizen poll watchdog of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and is thus entitled to the fourth and 27th copies of the ERs printed by poll counting machines.

These would be delivered via courier to the PPCRV Command Center in Manila for encoding and comparison with post-transmission results.

"The teachers don't want to give it because they said it is not in the General Instructions [provided by the Comelec]. Nananawagan kami sa mga teachers, please make sure PPCRV gets the ERs. Ayaw nilang maniwala even with a letter signed by the Comelec Chair himself," Singson said, albeit not identifying the specific areas.

Singson feared the refusal of some BEIs would further stall the encoding of the ERs, 12 percent (about 9,200) of which have already been delivered from various provinces as of 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Singson also said earlier that the extension of voting on May 10 also delayed the delivery of the ERs through couriers.

Most of the ERs came Thursday morning and more are still on transit, Singson added.

The PPCRV earlier said it could encode 19,000 ERs in a day with over 100 volunteer students.

"We are doing this for public service. I think we have already made clear that PPCRV is non-partisan. Please don't hold [the ERs from us]," Singson said. — LBG, GMANews.TV

Original Story:

1 comment:

  1. Kudos to PPCRV for a job well done. They helped a lot in assisting the voters during the May 10 elections.

    On the other hand, they are not the only accredited citizen's arm. I know two others: 1) One Vote Movement, a non-partisan organization primarily composed of evangelical Christians, professionals, youth and other sectors of civic and religious society, chaired by Ptr. Jose Gonzales and 2) Legal Network for Truthful Elections (LENTE), chaired by Christian Monsod. Both were accredited in the last week of April 2010. They likewise fielded volunteers including poll watchers.