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Random audit shows May polls 99.97 pct accurate

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MANILA, June 28 (Mabuhay) — The recently concluded May 13 automated elections was 99.97 percent accurate, according to the results of the random manual audit (RMA) of precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines in 234 precincts nationwide.

The Commission on Elections’ (Comelec) RMA Committee (RMAC), headed by Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) Chairperson Henrietta De Villa, on Friday released its final report on the manual audit for the May 13 polls.

The results showed that there was a 99.9747 percent accuracy rating between the nationwide results of the PCOS machines and the manual count conducted by the RMA team.

Although the 2013 accuracy rating was still lower than the 99.995 rating stated under the law, De Villa noted that the number has increased by 0.3 from the 2010 polls accuracy rate.

The accuracy rating for senators was 99.9775 percent, members of House of Representatives 99.9719 percent and mayors 99.9748 percent.

“So malapit na. Sa amin nga any decimal na ma-clear ang variance o kaya um-increase ang nearness to the PCOS accuracy is already like striking goal,” De Villa said, noting that the results of the automated and manual count will never be the same.

“‘Yung manual at AES count will almost be impossible to be the same. Kasi sa manual count you have the human appreciation and human errors to contend with,” she said.

De Villa added that with this accuracy rate, they can confidently say that the recently concluded polls was “credible.”

Comelec Chairperson Sixto Brillantes, likewise, said the minor discrepancies as shown in the RMA results validate the success of the 2013 elections.

“I think the discrepancy or the variance now will show…that even in the manual audit itself, the elections of 2013 must at least be categorized as successful,” Brillantes said.

“I think when we go to the next elections, siguro ho hindi na 99.9 kundi 99.99995. I think we’ll be able to reach that,” he added.

Of the 234 randomly selected polling precincts, the RMAC was able to analyze 212 election returns.

De Villa explained that the 22 remaining ballot boxes are yet to be accounted for due to various reasons.

“11 of those ballot boxes were elevated to the technical evaluation committee because no matter how hard the validation team worked, they could not explain the variances…and then 4 of those 22 ballot boxes have election protests so we cannot include that. Another 1 had a probable case of tampering which we also did not include and then 3 ballot boxes did not have the automated election system results…and 3 boxes had lacking ballots,” she said.

Meanwhile, Brillantes said they are just now waiting for the completion of the source code review and the proclamation of the three remaining winner in the party-list elections.

“With the validation here in the random manual audit, with the completion of the source code review and the final results, the only thing that will be missing in the 2013 elections is siguro may tatlong pwesto pa sa party-list. Tapos siguro ho magsasara na kami at magreready na kami for the October elections,” Brillantes said.(MNS)

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