Thursday, May 17, 2007

Namfrel QC expects surge of volunteers this weekend

1227PM – The Namfrel Quezon City (QC) operation quick count, Bantay Bilang, is expecting a surge of volunteers from May 18 to 20, said Gita Luz (AB IS ’07), Bantay Bilang Head for Media Relations.

Luz said that Bantay Bilang is already welcoming people in between shifts, and that there is no need to pre-enlist. Training for shifts is also done on the spot to accommodate the need for more volunteers. “The priority is to streamline the system. We’re still moving at a very slow rate.”

“Hopefully, Bantay Bilang can encode faster during the weekends, where we expect a surge of volunteers because it’s the students’ or workers’ free time,” she added.

As of last night, 12% of the election returns (ERs) were encoded. Namfrel QC’s target is to tabulate 70% of the ERs by Sunday.

For the next four hours, Namfrel QC will try to coordinate with Ateneo de Zamboanga University (ADZU) to help collate the tally of the ERs, Luz said.

Nikko Carlo A. Tolentino
reporting from the Bantay Bilang Headquarters, Ateneo

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