Tuesday, May 15, 2007

First batch of ERs arrive in Ateneo

1204AM - Bantay Bilang is yet to release its partial and unofficial results, said Gita Luz (AB IS '07), media head for the National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel) Quezon City (QC) chapter.

Bantay Bilang is Namfrel QC's operation quick count.

It was only at 1130PM of May 14 that election returns began to trickle down from different precincts — usually the smaller ones since they finished faster. At the same time, the election returns (ERs) were stuck in a bottleneck in the reception area, because they had to be checked for possible tampering.

In the next four hours, the plan is to start the tabulations once the ERs have been verified.

Luz said that the quick count has enough volunteers for the day shifts of the first two days. More volunteers are needed, however, for the night shifts.

She said that walk-in volunteers will be needed in the next few days.

They are advised to walk in an hour before their desired shift, so that they can be trained. Those who have undergone training, on the other hand, may walk in 30 minutes before their desired shift.

Interested volunteers may text 0927-2295792, call 4266001 loc 5061-65, or drop by the Bantay Bilang Headquarters at the Manuel V. Pangilinan Center for Student Leadership (MVP-CSL).

Henson Tyler T. Wongaiham
reporting from the Bantay Bilang Headquarters, Ateneo

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Heavy trickles. Election returns started trickling down from different precincts at almost midnight.

Photo by Henson Tyler T. Wongaiham

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