33 ballot boxes bound for Manila for manual counting

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ABOUT 33 ballot boxes from the different clustered precincts in Cebu Province, including the tri-cities of Cebu, Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu, will soon be sent to the Comelec Central office for the random manual audit (RMA).

Comelec Cebu Provincial Elections Supervisor Jerome Brillantes said this is to answer public doubts and determine whether the automated count of the Vote Counting Machines (VCMs) is accurate based on a manual verification of the said count.

“This is for public consumption, to answer the public doubts with regards sa atong automation. So, atong ibangga ni on how accurate our VCMs are,” he said on Wednesday, May 10, when asked about the purpose of the RMA process.

He said accounting firms were reportedly hired to help the Comelec count the ballots manually, adding RMA is the standard operating procedures every after election.

The elections supervisor clarified that not all ballot boxes will be counted manually, but only those picked randomly by the central office.

Brillantes said the ballot boxes would be sent to Manila in the next two days.

After the RMA process, Brillantes said the ballot boxes will be brought back to the respective local government units (LGUs) in Cebu where they came from.

He, however, said they are still looking for ways on how to handle the shipment.

Of the 33 ballot boxes, five came from Naga City; four each from Pinamungajan, Tabogon, Liloan, Cebu City Second District; three from Cebu City first district; two each from Badian, Samboan, Lapu-Lapu City, and Mandaue City; and one from Cordova.

Meanwhile, Brillantes said that it is time for everyone to work hand in hand on what is good and support the government regardless if they won or lost in the 2022 national and local elections. (MKG)

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