Partial and unofficial tally of votes for the senatorial race as of 6:05pm at the command center of the PPCRV at the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila, May 13, 2019.
The STAR/Miguel de Guzman
Quick count stalls for hours as Comelec transparency server faces glitches
Patricia Lourdes Viray ( - May 13, 2019 - 11:51pm

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) admitted that a technical issue slowed down the partial unofficial count on the results of the 2019 national elections.

The STAR quotes Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez as saying the Comelec's transprency server, which is also supposed to send the election data to media partners, is working and has received 80% of polling results. He said the problem is not with transmission to the server, but in sending the data from the transparency server to media computers linked to it.

The Comelec transparency server released partial unofficial results at around 6:15 p.m., which showed 0.38% of the results at the national level. It has not issued an update as of writing time.

The transparency server was supposed to send unofficial vote counts to media groups and watchdogs in intervals of 10 to 15 minutes.

As of 11:09 p.m., the Comelec website indicated that 86.69% of election returns have been transmitted to the poll body.

Voting closed at 6 p.m. in most parts of the country after opening at 6 a.m. The vote counting machines were expected to transmit the vote counts to the transparency server and to the centrel server of the Comelec after polls close.

Makabayan bloc seeks explanation

Lawmakers from the Makabayan bloc called on the poll body to explain the lack of quick count updates on its transparency server.

Rep. Sarah Elago (Kabataan Party-list) pointed out that in the two previous elections, the results were released real time.

"Di tulad ng 2013, 2016 [elections] na halos real-time ito. 71% na ngayon ang nabato sa main server pero 0.38% pa lang ang nasa transparency server," Elago tweeted at 8:58 p.m.

Rep. Antonio Tinio (ACT Teachers Party-list) shared the same sentiments, pointing out that the Comelec provided almost real time updates in the 2013 and 2016 automated elections.

"One of the touted benefits of automation is supposed to be the quick and transparent counting of votes. This is beginning to feel like a throwback to the pre-automation era," Tinio said on Facebook.

As It Happens
LATEST UPDATE: May 24, 2019 - 9:09am

Updates on the conduct of the Philippines' elections.

May 24, 2019 - 9:09am

Sen. JV Ejercito says that he is open to a Cabinet position if President Rodrigo Duterte offers him one.

"If I know I will be effective, if I know that I'll be able to help in that position, if I can share my expertise, why not?" he says in an interview over ANC's "Headstart."

May 24, 2019 - 9:07am

Sen. JV Ejercito who lost his re-election bid says that if his brother Jinggoy Estrada had not run, he would have secured a Senate seat.

Their father, Erap Estrada, who also lost his re-election bid as Manila mayor, allowed both Jinggoy and him to run because he didn't want to choose between them, Ejercito says in an interview over ANC's "Headstart."

May 20, 2019 - 12:51pm

Election lawyer Romy Macalintal says Duterte Youth party-list nominees who backed out to give way to National Youth Commission Chair Ronald Gian Cardema may face a criminal case.

— The STAR/Sheila Crisostomo

May 20, 2019 - 12:36pm

Actor and former National Youth Commission Commissioner Dingdong Dantes weighs in on the filing for substitution of NYC Chair Ronald Gian Cardema after all five nominees of the Duterte Youth party-list backed out.

"Clearly, if the petition will be granted, parang na-railroad ang democratic process of choosing the rightful representative.I think we all agree that the young people should never—ever— be disenfranchised, especially in governance.But with the Youth Chief getting into this?Teka," Dantes says in a tweet.

"Ipinaglaban at patuloy na itinataguyod ng mga opisyal at empleyado ng @NYCPilipinas ang karapatan at kakayahan ng kabataang makibahagi sa pamamahala, regardless of regime. Huwag nating hayaang madamay at mabahiran ang importanteng institusyong ito na nangangalaga sa kabataan," he adds.



Dantes also raises concern over the possibility that the NYC may have been used by Cardema to have an "unfair advantage" during the campaign.

"Kung may balak siyang maging Congressman noong una pa lang, nararapat lang na nag resign siya bilang NYC Chairman. Pwede bang nagising na lang siya isang araw at nag-decide na trip niya?  Maaari kasing nagamit ang ahensya upang magkaroon siya ng unfair advantage noong kampanya."



May 20, 2019 - 11:24am

Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez says the proclamation may be held tomorrow as the poll is only awaiting for results in Isabella where special polls were held.

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