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PPCRV wants data from Comelec central server
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PPCRV wants data from Comelec central server

May 16 ------ Poll watchdog Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) has asked the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for a copy of data coming from its central server. PPCRV wants to see the central server data to match it against the election results transmitted electronically to the transparency server, the source of the watchdog and of media outlets of partial and unofficial poll results, PPCRV chair Myla Villanueva said Wednesday. "We want to make sure that it's the same," she told reporters.

At the same time, she said, the PPCRV is insisting on seeing the logs of the transparency server, which experienced a delay in displaying unofficial results for several hours Monday night due to what was said to be a glitch in the application pushing data from the server to the media and the PPCRV. Seeing the logs would allow the PPCRV to know what caused the problem, Villanueva said. "This has never happened. That's why I want to see the logs in order that we can avoid it ever happening again," she said.

Earlier, the PPCRV asked the Comelec to allow the media, minority parties, and independent candidates to witness how the issue was fixed, a request that she said was granted. They are still waiting for the logs, she said, but added "it is right to wait" as the transparency server is still receiving data. As of 2 p.m. Wednesday, the transparency server shows that 84,633 out of 85,769 clustered precincts have been counted. Meanwhile, the PPCRV has received around 10 percent of physical election returns, mostly from cities in Metro Manila and nearby provinces, Villanueva said.

The PPCRV conducts an unofficial parallel count of votes. Volunteers working in shifts manually encode election returns into computers, which will then be checked against the electronically transmitted results received by the transparency server. Villanueva said the match rate has been good so far, but said it's "very early to tell" as the PPCRV has been in operation only for a few days. The PPCRV executive also thanked their volunteers, saying: "You've done heroic acts of faith and love. And for that we really thank you, and God bless you all."