As of press time, 35 new volunteers have signed up today. Bantay Bilang Head for Media Relations Gita Luz (AB IS '07) expects that they would be able to reach their target of tabulating 70% of the city's election returns (ERs) by Sunday.
Luz said that the number of volunteers increased due to the boost in their efforts to promote the project through text messaging. The message emphasized the urgency of having more volunteers to speed up the tabulation.
Luz hopes that they would be able to contribute to hastening Namfrel's region-wide quick count. “The transmission [now] from the NCR is actually slow. [If] Quezon City, being a big city [in itself] has its votes tabulated faster, I think we would be able to help a lot in speeding up the quick count.”
In the next eight hours, officers are anticipating more walk-in volunteers, as they consider the 4PM to 8PM and the 8PM to 12AM shifts as the peak of volunteer sign-ups.
Xianne S. Arcangel
reporting from the Bantay Bilang Headquarters, Ateneo