[In the news] Buhay, A Teacher, Bayan Muna lead party-list race -INQUIRER.net

Buhay, A Teacher, Bayan Muna lead party-list race
By Jerome Aning
Philippine Daily Inquirer
May 21, 2013


As the canvassing of votes for the party-list groups resumed, a poll watchdog on Monday called on the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to account for the 23.67 percent of election returns (ERs) that had not been electronically tabulated because of transmission glitches.

Purported technical gremlins halted the quick count conducted by the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), as well as the canvassing of votes for the senatorial race, with the Comelec resorting to the use of the so-called “grouped canvass reports” to tally votes for senators instead of the official certificates of canvass (COCs).

As of noon, the partial unofficial count of party-list votes by the PPCRV and its media partners stood at 76.33 percent, or 59,665, of the 78,166 ERs nationwide, equivalent to about 31.6 million of 52.3 million registered voters.

The party-list groups in the top 10 were Buhay with 1,056,681 votes; A Teacher, 831,250; Bayan Muna, 784,040; 1-Care, 731,226; Akbayan, 680,159; AKB, 619,427; Gabriela, 597,959; OFW Family, 593,485; Abono, 584,088; and Senior Citizens, 552,709.

In a statement, the National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel) said that as of Friday afternoon, the untransmitted ERs numbered 18,504, estimated to contain at least 8.5 million votes. The transmission problems affected the sending of COCs to the Comelec, which as of Friday had received only 117 out of 304 expected COCs.

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