PPCRV, KBP call for greater transparency amid delay in parallel count

Kristine Sabillo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 14 2019 12:43 AM

MANILA - The Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) and the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) on Monday evening expressed concerns amid the delay in the display of the electronically transmitted results.

Howard Calleja, legal counsel of PPCRV, said they have yet to be briefed about the cause of the delay but that there is a need for vigilance.

“We urge the Comelec to resolve this issue at the soonest possible time,” he said.

Less than an hour later, Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez arrived at the PPCRV command center to explain the problem.

Jimenez said there was no problem with the transmission since the central server and the canvassers have been receiving the electronically transmitted tally of votes. 

However, he said there was a problem with the application that pushed data from the transparency server to the terminals of the PPCRV and the media networks.

Calleja, while reading a statement of PPCRV and KBP said, “In the spirit of greater transparency we have also requested the following:

- An open recording devices for all stakeholders to document proceedings:
- A wide broader range of stakeholders including minority and other independent parties
- Preserve the logs and give all media partners, PPCRV and parties minority majority independents a copy thereof."

Currently, cellphones and other recording devices are not allowed inside the transparency server room.

Jimenez, during the subsequent interview, said they are trying to access the error logs through a Comelec en banc resolution.

Asked if Comelec will finally allow recording devices inside the transparency server room, Jimenez said, “It’s a recommendation. We’ll see what happens.”

“I don’t see any concern at this point in time but at this time the PPCRV and the KBP is asking everyone to continue to be vigilant and to continue to pray,” Calleja said.