Lente replaces Namfrel in manual audit for midterm polls

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Posted at May 10 2019 08:07 PM | Updated as of May 10 2019 11:15 PM

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MANILA - The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has tapped poll watchdog Legal Network for Truthful Elections (Lente) to help conduct a random manual audit of the automated election system on Monday.

Lente will step into the role vacated by the National Citizens' Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel) after it failed to get the Comelec’s nod for its open election data initiative.

Lente Executive Director Ona Caritos said they stepped in despite the short notice because they believe this is necessary.

Lente said it already has 12 volunteers trained to act as teachers' supervisors. The organization will be working with the Philippine Institute for Certified Public Accountants.

Comelec Commissioner Luie Guia said 715 precincts across legislative districts nationwide will be randomly selected by a computer program that is undergoing source code review.

“Dito sa RMA tinitingnan natin whether there is systemic error yung sinasadyang pandaraya embedded in the system," he said.

(The RMA will observe if there is a systemic error, if a supposed fraud was embedded in the system.)

He added that problems uncovered by the RMA will be probed by the Technical Evaluation Committee.

However, remedies on the results of the elections will have to be pursued by electoral protest.

The audit will be done for 12 days starting May 15 at the Diamond Hotel in Manila. The audit will be done by trained public school teachers under Lente's supervision.