MANILA, May 9, 2016 – In a hotly-followed electoral process from start to finish, the Church-backed poll watchdog Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) continues to be a reassuring presence, one that runs on nothing but volunteerism, the youth’s need to convey their involvement in the political sphere as well as the understated mammoth network of church leaders and their sense of service.
“We are here to report and not to alarm,” clarified Henrietta de Villa, PPCRV chairperson, in a press conference earlier today at the PPCRV Command Center at the Pope Pius X Center in Manila.
During actual voting, the PPCRV served as an information hub for reports on election-related anomalies, violence, PCOS malfunctions, among others.
The PPCRV Command Center houses a call center manned by volunteers who consolidate reports in shifts and who will move on to vote-canvassing as vote transmissions come in.
Managing two kinds of transmissions, the PPCRV handles Transmitted Election Returns as well as the unofficial total parallel count, explained PPCRV media director Anna de Villa Singson at one of the PPCRV’s hourly press conferences.
Once voting ends, vote-counting machines (VCMs) electronically transmit results. The first kind of transmission is directed to the PPCRV Command Center server as real time updates of its progress appear on the center’s screens.
Singson explained that some 93,000 VCMs across the country send PPCRV the second kind transmissions, which are hard copies of the actual election returns.
“That election return before transmission is very valuable because it is the purest data possible from this election,” she added.
Transmitted data vs. hard copies
“At the end of voting, the machine prints out election returns – we will print them out and compare them against the transmitted data in the server,” she said.
Voting was extended until 6:00 p.m. in selected places due to reported incidents of malfunctioning vote-counting machines (VCMs), causing delays and several precincts to open late.
Despite setbacks, the PPCRV Command Center started to receive transmitted votes as early as 5:30 p.m. (Chrixy Paguirigan / CBPCNews)