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Comelec to release Random Manual Audit of May 13 polls within the week


The Commission on Elections will release this week the Random Manual Audit (RMA) results of 234 precincts during the May 13, 2013 midterm polls. Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes said that, “Walang problema, 99.99 percent.” However, he noted that not all the results from the 234 areas will be published, but he assured that it would be more than 200 precincts. “Yung iba hindi na mailalabas dahil may court order like protective order, protest,” the poll body chief explained. Republic Act 9369 or the Poll Automation Law states that there should be an RMA conducted in one precinct, randomly chosen  in each of the 234 congressional districts. Earlier, Brillantes said that the RMAs of the 2013 and 2010 polls were practically the same. He added that the accuracy rate was what they expected, adding that there can never be a 100 percent matching count. “Visual appreciation and machine appreciation, there will always be difference. There will always be variants or discrepancies no matter how you look at it. It cannot be perfect no matter how you look at it,” he had said. — DVM, GMA News
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