MANILA - Votes for three senatorial candidates and a number of party-list groups had to be corrected after the National Board of Canvassers' tabulation and audit group noted discrepancies in certificates of canvass from some Philippine embassies for the overseas absentee voting.
The manually prepared COC of the Philippine Embassy in Cairo recorded 500 votes for senatorial candidate Cynthia Villar but the statement of votes by precinct (SOVP) recorded 516 votes.
For another senatorial bet Gerald Arcega, the COC recorded 5 votes, while the SOVP recorded 6 votes.
In the COC prepared by the Philippine Embassy in Dhaka, the COC reflected 19 votes but the SOVP showed only 17 votes for Jinggoy Estrada.
Under Comelec’s rules, the SOVP’s numbers will prevail when a discrepancy with the COC is observed.
The NBOC issued correction sheets which were then checked by the election lawyers and counsels present before they were officially included in the canvass.
For the party-list race, the tabulation and audit group noted several discrepancies between the manually prepared COC from the Philippine Embassy in the Hague and the SOVP and also from the Philippine Embassy in Jakarta and Dili.
As of Thursday, the NBOC has canvassed a total of 129 COCs out of the 167 expected.