Comelec: Transmission faster in 2016 elections

Rose Carmelle Lacuta, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday said its site survey and studies have helped facilitate faster transmission of election returns in this year's polls, compared to previous elections.

In a press conference, Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista said they studied previous elections, making it easier for them to implement changes and improvements in this year's polls.

"Kasi pinaplanuhan. Nakatulong lahat 'yan. Simple lang. As I said, pinag-aralan namin ang 2010 at 2013, saan ba malakas 'yung signal? Saan mahina 'yung signal? Itong 2016, gumawa rin tayo ng panibagong site survey, para malaman kung ano ba dapat ang pwedeng i-transmit using GPRS, at ano ba 'yung walang signal at dapat gamitin 'yung manual," he said.

He also said the poll body's meetings with different telecommunication companies have also helped in facilitating easier and faster transmission of election returns.

"Pero malaki rin ang naitulong ng telcos, dahil noong kami po ay nakipagpulong sa kanila, sabi ko, tatlong bagay lang, please ensure privacy, priority and security. Makikita niyo naman, mabilis," Bautista added.

For Bautista, faster transmission of election returns is important to allay cheating allegations.

"If the transmission is not accurate and quick, there may be allegations that something is going on. When things are delayed, there might be temptations that come our way," the poll body chair explained.

Compared to the two previous automated elections, more than 60 percent of election returns have already been transmitted by 8 p.m. In 2010, only 17 percent of election returns were transmitted at the same time, while in 2013, only 23 percent of election returns were transmitted by 8 p.m.

As of 10 p.m., 68.90 percent of election returns have already been transmitted to the central server, with most of the returns coming from areas near the National Capital Region (NCR), including Region III and Region IV-A.