Random poll audit discrepancies negligible - Brillantes

By RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 03 2013 04:26 PM | Updated as of Jun 04 2013 12:27 AM

MANILA - Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Sixto Brillantes believes the discrepancies shown in the random manual audit (RMA) of 234 precincts nationwide are negligible.

"Mukhang maganda naman, walang problema sa RMA. Di naman pwede ma-perfect, puro minor discrepancies, which to us is no discrepancy at all. It won’t be material,” he said.

Over the weekend, Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) chief and RMA committee chair Henriquetta de Villa said they are in the process of opening 155 ballot boxes from precincts with discrepancies between the electronic and manual tallies.

De Villa said that out of the 155, they have only opened 30. She said the results have been positive so far.

The poll automation law requires a random manual audit, which is a manual counting of votes in at least one randomly selected precinct in each legislative district after the close of polls. 

The Comelec ruled, however, that discrepancies have no bearing in the proclamation of winners. 

Brillantes expects more details on Tuesday from Comelec Commissioner Christian Robert Lim, who is in charge of the RMA. 

He likewise reiterated his challenge to critics to name an area where the results of the election had been questionable.

The poll body is preparing to submit its report to Congress and the President on the conduct of the elections.

He said no special report will be given to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) which earlier urged the poll body to submit its own accounting of the elections. 

He said the poll body is now shifting to handling the various protest cases filed.