Business groups seek parallel vote count
Posted by akosistella on April 14, 2010
MANILA, Philippines — Fearing a possible failure of the automated elections, a group of businessmen led by the Makati Business Club and Management Association of the Philippines, urged the Commission on Elections, on Wednesday, to adopt a parallel back-up manual count.
In a briefing Wednesday, MBC president Albert Lim said the parallel count should be done nationwide for at least three elective positions namely for president, vice president and mayor—a move that would allow “Comelec to gain back credibility.”
According to Lim, the Comelec would only need to allocate P500 million, which will cover the cost of the manual count for the three positions including provisions for laptops and projectors, as well as for the costs that may be incurred should the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines conk out.
Officials from the MBC and MAP have urged that should there be a discrepancy in at least 1 percent of the votes per machine, the Comelec must do a recount of all the votes covered by that particular machine—not only for the three positions mentioned.