The Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) stopped its partial and unofficial count of the senatorial race after erroneous results were released and aired at around
8 p.m. Monday, an hour after precincts had closed for the midterm national automated elections.
"The figures, they don’t tally with the number of precincts," said PPCRV chairperson Henrietta De Villa.
She said their initial tally showed results from around eight to nine million votes, which correspond to an estimated five to six thousand clustered precincts.
However, De Villa told GMA News Online that the poll watchdog had only tallied 1,418 precincts so far.
"With apologies to the public, the results do not match precinct votes. Smartmatic made to explain the gap. Until then PPCRV will no longer be releasing data/unofficial results until Smartmatic explains gap," the PPCRV said in its official Twitter account.
The poll watchdog later quoted Marlon Garcia of Smartmatic as saying that the data was correct, but it was not properly formatted when transmitted to the PPCRV's computers, resulting in double counting.
"Smartmatic corrected the script file. We will resume the posting of unofficial results in a while," PPCRV tweeted at around
De Villa also said she has asked Smartmatic for an explanation about the discrepancy.
"They're looking at the levels of script from the transparency server. Baka may kailangan lang i-adjust," De Villa said.
The Commission on Elections has authorized the PPCRV to receive a transmission of poll results from the country's 77,829 clustered precincts nationwide, which mirror the official results of the automated elections. - Marc Jayson Cayabyab & Sieg Alegado/YA, GMA News