The lead counsel of the Grupo Progreso requested the City Board of Canvassers (BOC) to allow another manual uploading of the election returns of the four SD cards that were earlier found defective, to hasten the results of the May 13 elections.
Marvin Tañada yesterday said acting Bacolod Election Officer Ann Janette Lamban, chairman of the BOC, conducted another final testing and sealing of VCMs in the four precincts in Barangays 3, Mansilingan, Estefania and Vista Alegre.
He said the loading of uncounted ballots had started and they are waiting for the transmission from the four polling precincts. They expect about 1,269 votes left to be counted which is 2 percent of the total votes cast.
Once the loading of all the ballots have been completed, and if they have a hard time in the transmission from the precinct or hub to the BOC, they will move for the Board to allow another manual uploading of the election returns (ER) like what they did Tuesday, he added.
Tañada said that the three SD cards that were not transmitted by internet was manually uploaded so they were able to finish before 9 p.m. Tuesday.
He said their constraint in transmission is that the signal is unstable. So in order to hasten things, their ultimate remedy is manual uploading so there will be a proclamation of winners.
If all the ERs will be uploaded and the transmission will be smooth, they expect to finish by 12 midnight, he added.
However, Tañada said that as of 11 p.m., only 400 out of the 600 ERs in Paglaum Village Elementray School in Mansilingan have been uploaded. The VCM was brought to the Bacolod City Government Center because there was a brownout in the barangay.
He said that in Brgy. Estefania, there are about 736 ERs to be uploaded.
Tañada said that after the VCM has read 100 ballots, they have to stop to prevent the machine from overheating.
If it will take time for the transmission from the precinct to the BOC, then they will be constrained to ask for the manual uploading of the ERs so they can already get a consolidated of 100 percent returns of the ballots, he said.
At the rate things are going, they expect all four SD cards to be read by the VCM between 4 a.m. to 5 a.m. so the proclamation of all winning candidates will be held today, Tañada said.
The BOC reconvened 3 p.m. yesterday and the canvassing resumed 8:30 p.m., he said.
Partial unofficial results last night showed Grupo Progreso taking an early 15-0 lead against candidates of ABB-MKK.
The results covered 98 percent of Bacolod’s votes.
Re-electionist Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya (GP) garnered 133,822 votes while congressional candidate Monico Puentevella (ABB-MKK) got 83,638 and Dr. Kevin Moises (independent) got 3,697 votes.
Re-electionist Mayor Evelio Leonardia (GP) - 143,115 votes; mayoralty candidate Jocellle Batapa-Sigue (ABB-MKK) - 80,244, and broadcaster Ray Carmona (lndependent) - 1,740.
Re-electionist Vice Mayor El Cid Familiran (GP) - 124,707 and vice mayoralty candidate Jude Thaddeus Sayson (ABB-MKK) - 90,803 votes.
Cindy Rojas got 133,438 votes; Renecito Novero - 130,110; Simple Distrito - 121,856; Carlos Jose Lopez - 118,560; Al Victor Espino - 115,076; Dindo Ramos - 107,003; Bart Orola - 105,186; Ana Marie Palermo - 104,441; Elmer Sy - 99,746 and Wilson Gamboa Jr. - 86,258
Marlon Solidum garnered 85,642 votes and landed on the 13th slot.*
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