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Incomplete reporting by the Comelec

by Telibert C. Laoc, Member, NAMFREL National Council
International Elections Specialist
from NAMFREL Election Monitor Vol.3, No.1
June 25, 2013

At this link you will find the National Board of Canvassers' resolution 10-13 of June 5, 2013 officially proclaiming the results of the senatorial race:  http://www.comelec.gov.ph/uploads/Elections/2013natloc/res/nboc_res_001013.pdf 

A few questions begged to be asked:

1. How many established and clustered precincts did these results come from?
2. What is the total number of voters who voted?
3. Of this number (in 2), how many voted for senators?
4. What is the average number of candidates voted?
5. How many over-voted for senators?
6. How many ballots were spoiled or uncounted (this is referred to as a spoiled ballot rate)? 

In this day and age of technology and electronics in elections, the figures would certainly help:    

1) enhance the credibility of the election by making the results audit-able; 

2) inform the political parties, candidates, academe, and voter outreach programs about how might voters view the candidates and why voters do not (historically) vote for 12 senators; and 

3) guide candidates who wish to lodge a protest if results could be overturned if over-voted, blank votes or undervoted, and rejected or spoiled ballots are reviewed.


For the May polls, there were 52,014,846 [http://bit.ly/ZEd52D, Comelec] voters, and 39,898,992 voted (turnout of 75.72 percent) [http://bit.ly/15W1D7D, Rappler]. The Comelec tallied the total valid votes for senators at 298,625,797. So the fill up rate is 7.6.

How would all the other contests -- party-list, district representatives to Congress, provincial governors, vicegovernors, provincial councilors, mayors, vice-mayors, and local councilors -- look like if all the figures above were reported alongside the results of the voting?

Comelec is remiss in their duty in reporting election results. Seriously, I think the Comelec needs to just be serious about their work. What do you think?

(Editor's note: This article originally appeared in Mr. Laoc's blog, http://telibert.blogspot.com)

 
 
 
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