Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Still no election results from Namfrel QC

Bantay Bilang needs more volunteers

449PM (2nd Update) - Bantay Bilang has not yet posted partial and unofficial results at its headquarters at the Manuel V. Pangilinan Center for Student Leadership (MVP-CSL).

Bantay Bilang is the quick count operations of the National Citizens' Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel) Quezon City (QC) chapter.

According to a report broadcasted in ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC), the Palace asked Namfrel to speed up its quick count and said that this is more credible than the quick counts conducted by TV networks.

As of press time, only a few Namfrel chapters in NCR have released partial and unofficial results from the quick count.

Joy Triño (IV AB Eco), a member of the media relations team of Namfrel QC, said that Namfrel QC has not yet finished encoding the results written in the election returns (ERs).

System delays prevented the posting of the results. Constant checking and rechecking of the ERs, which are parts of the quick count process, also slowed down their progress.

Namfrel QC officers are posting partial and unofficial results in MVP-CSL, however, from what they monitor in news stations such as ABS-CBN.

Namfrel QC Head for Media Relations Gita Luz (AB IS '07) said that results will probably be posted by midnight.

Triño, meanwhile, said that Namfrel QC needs more volunteers for May 17 onwards. "Many people volunteer for the first two days of counting, but we begin to lack people after those two days."

Bantay Bilang also needs more volunteers for night shifts. Interested volunteers may text 0927-2295792, call 4266001 loc 5061-65, or drop by at the MVP-CSL.

Ma. Anna Margarita V. Bueno and Ayee D. Macaraig
reporting from the Bantay Bilang Headquarters, Ateneo

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Blank. As of 420PM, the white boards at the Bantay Bilang headquarters at the Manuel V. Pangilinan Center for Student Leadership (MVP-CSL) contained no partial and unofficial results.
Photo by Patricia S. de la Paz

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