MANILA – The media director of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) has dismissed concerns over a supposed "glitch" in the data released from the transparency server of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) early Tuesday morning.
Several media networks pointed out that while data released at 5:20 a.m. from the transparency server already covered close to 93 percent of the total clustered precincts nationwide, the 5:50 a.m. version only covered 39 percent, causing votes for senators to come down.
But PPCRV Media Director Agnes Gervacio told reporters Tuesday it was not a glitch.
"I would not call it a glitch. As per protocol, when you receive data coming in from the transparency server, there's a validation that happens and we felt that it was not complete yet that's why we did not post because it would cause confusion," she said.
"That's why we put up the next complete data from the transparency server and that's what we're seeing onscreen," she added.
PPCRV results eventually went back to its normal level upon the 7 a.m. update. It has been regularly updating since.
The supposed glitch happened after the transparency server stationed at Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila failed to "push" electronically-transmitted results of the voting from the polling precincts to the media and the PPCRV, which are conducting partial and unofficial tallies.
The delay prompted speculation and suspicions of cheating, with #HalalanDayaan2019 trending online on Monday night.
It was resolved after more than 7 hours.
Gervacio expressed confidence in the way Comelec resolved the issue.
The Comelec en banc immediately issued a resolution allowing the service provider to open the application in the presence of election officials and representatives from the PPCRV, political parties and other stakeholders.
"We do not see any cause for concern, coming (in) from our experts as well. We do not see any reason for concern," she said.
Gervacio added that the PPCRV hopes to receive all of the election results in the transparency server by end of Tuesday.
The PPCRV, meanwhile, has received 5 percent of printed election returns mostly coming from Manila, Makati, San Juan and Pasay. Those coming from outside the National Capital Region are expected to start arriving by Tuesday afternoon.
These are now being manually encoded by PPCRV volunteers to be compared with electronically-transmitted results from the transparency server.
The validation of election returns could take between 2 weeks to up to a month.