PPCRV needs ’hundreds’ more volunteers to check for ‘dagdag-bawas’

Kristine Sabillo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 13 2019 09:00 PM

MANILA - The Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) on Monday called anew for volunteers to help them determine the accuracy of the midterm elections.

PPCRV chair Myla Villanueva said that while their volunteers have played an important role on election day as they assisted voters at polling precincts, their crucial work will start Tuesday as they receive verified election returns.

“Our primary work here is to validate the election returns,” she said, explaining that it would ensure that there is no cheating or “dagdag-bawas,” she said.

PPCRV volunteers on the ground on Monday have to secure the fourth copy of the election returns and send it to their command center in Manila.

“We will do a manual verification para so we can see if the ERs and the numbers of the transparency server match,” said PPCRV National Board Member Paolo Domondon.

With around 61 million voters and 85,000 vote counting machines, the PPCRV, which is mandated to conduct the unofficial parallel count, will need around 300 volunteers a day in the coming weeks.

PPCRV Youth Ambassador Chris Tiu was at the church-based poll watchdog’s command center on Monday afternoon to thank his fellow volunteers.

“As early as 5 in the morning, they mobilized to be present at each precinct. They assisted voters who were looking for their names and precincts, assisted senior citizens and persons with disabilities, and set up help desks,” he said.

Tiu encouraged the youth and even senior citizens to go to the PPCRV command center and help them encode ERs.

“As long as you can read and you can use a computer…please share your time for our nation,” he said.

He said those who want to volunteer can email [email protected] or message the PPCRV’s Facebook page.