Comelec estimates 81 percent voter turnout

RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Presidential candidate Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte casts his vote at the Daniel Aguinaldo National High School in Davao city on Monday. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista estimates voter turn out to be at 81% as of early Monday night.

Bautista also said that as of writing, 65.19% of election results have been transmitted.

He also explained the breakdown of transmissions:

  • ARMM has transmitted 21.83%,
  • CAR transmitted 63.99%, 
  • NCR transmitted 90.67%,
  • NIR (Negros Island region) had 61.2%,
  • Region 1 had 76.64%,
  • Region 2 had 73.29%,
  • Region 3 had 83.57%, 
  • Region 4A had 74.87%, 
  • Region 4B had 46.69%,
  • Region 5 had 54.57%,
  • Region 6 had 63.64%,
  • Region 7 had 59.94%,
  • Region 8 had 46.84%, 
  • Region 9 had 55.43%,
  • Region 10 had 61.6%,
  • Region 11 had 56.77%, 
  • Region 12 had 52.47%, 
  • Region 13 had 42.68%.

Compared to previous elections, transmission rate as of 8 p.m. on election day in 2010 was 17% while it was 23% same time in 2016.

Bautista said they prepared and studied their experiences of the 2010 and 2013 elections and analyzed where they needed to deploy what equipment to guarantee transmission.

He said they also met with telecommunications companies to guarantee privacy, priority and security of data. He added that the manual upload of data from SD cards also helped.

Bautista expects transmission to be at over 90% and voter turn out to be at 81%.

He said the 2016 general elections were generally smooth although some problems were encountered.

Some 150 vote counting machines were deployed to replace those that bogged down. Around 2,500 machines encountered problems nationwide although the rest were addressed without need of replacement.

Bautista earlier announced that voting in hours where the start of of voting was delayed to 9am was extended by an hour to 6pm.

"Let's just focus first on our assessment, overall we believe the elections went smooth. There were of course problems that were encountered."

Bautista said the Comelec still did better this year compared to previous elections.

In 2010, 205 of 76,347 machines or about 0.26% needed to replaced. In 2013, 171 out 77,829 needed to be replaced. This year, 150 out of 92,509 or 0.016% needed to be replaced.

Bautista said the number of calls to the national support center wasn't as bad as in 2013. In 2010, there were 1,966 calls out of 76,347 machines that translates to a percentage of 2.57%. In 2013 there were 4,760 out of 77,829 machines or 6.11%. In 2016, as of 4 p.m., 2,363 calls were made out of 92,509 or a percentage of 2.55%.

There is also no information yet on areas where failure of elections was declared. Bautista said in Cordoba, Cebu, there were reports of misdelivery of ballots.

Bautista said they will try to reach their target of proclaiming senators within a week.

He said among the common complaints they have received are machines not accepting ballots and the failure of the machines to print.

Bautista, meantime, said he is not in a position to clear anyone in connection with the Novotel incident.

The Comelec is still compiling information on election-related violence.

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