Namfrel to hold parallel count using shared returns
Posted by akosistella on April 19, 2010
MANILA, Philippines—The National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel) will use copies of election returns issued to political parties to conduct a parallel count of the May 10 results, according to its spokesperson Damaso Magbual.
Magbual, who also heads Namfrel’s membership committee, said one national political party and several local parties had agreed to share their copies of the election returns with the group.
He said Namfrel had sought the commitment of at least three national political parties to share their election returns with the poll watchdog.
Poll watchdogs bicker over copy of returns
POLL watchdog People’s Comelec-Bantay Eleksyon 2010 (BE2010) yesterday criticized the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), the Comelec’s official citizens’ arm in the May 10 elections, for denying its request to provide it with a copy of the fourth copy of the election returns (ER).
The PPCRV is entitled to the fourth copy of ERs from all the more than 76,000 clustered precincts.
“It (PPCRV) does not plan to share the election returns with other civil society groups who may have a legitimate need for it…There is an increasing alienation of the PPCRV from other election monitors because of its closet and go-it-alone behavior,” the BE2010, in its report released last week.