Thursday, May 17, 2007

Namfrel chief: Slow count still faster than 2004

Though the National Movement for Free Elections' (Namfrel) supposed quick count was slowed down by technical glitches in the last two days, its chairman took up the cudgels for the election watchdog on Wednesday, saying the organization’s counting is in fact “faster" than the previous polls.

“With our last tally at 12:22 p.m. with 10.61 percent of precincts that we have counted, we are much faster compared to the last election," Namfrel chairman Edward Go told reporters in an interview.

He said a slower count has its own advantage of avoiding hasty counting. “We just very careful in the double checking the information that we are getting in the field to make sure that the result would be credible," he said.

Go also said that even with its slow counting, Namfrel can still surpass Commission on Election (Comelec)’s counting. “I don’t think that Comelec can over take us. The Comelec will use certificate of canvass (COC) in their tabulation. Compared to us, we get the numbers through the election return," he said.

He said Namfrel will continue the quick count even if the Comelec has started it own “official" tabulation at the PICC Complex in the Pasay City.

Go is confident that they can issue tally results every three hours. He is hopeful that by Friday, Namfrel can meet their target of canvassing poll results from 60 to 70 percent of election precincts.

He said Namfrel is also trying to have the tally results seen on line through within the day. - GMANews.TV