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Comelec establishes regulations for a random human audit of polls in 2022.

The rules for conducting the random manual audit (RMA) for next year’s elections have been announced by the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

The poll board stated in Resolution 10738, which was promulgated on Thursday and released on Friday, that at least one clustered precinct in each legislative district will be selected at random for the RMA.

“The actual number of precincts to be selected in a legislative district shall be determined by proportional allocation, that is, based on the number of clustered precincts a legislative district has in proportion to the number of clustered precincts in all other legislative districts in the country,” it stated.

“The maximum total number of clustered precincts to be selected for the National and Local Elections on May 9, 2022 shall not exceed 759.”

The RMA will begin no later than five days after election day and will take place at a location inside the National Capital Region that the Random Manual Audit Committee will choose (RMAC).

According to the poll body, compliance with the Comelec’s New Normal Committee’s safety protocols, national health guidelines, and consultations with private and public health practitioners will be prioritized in the selection and evaluation of the location and facilities to be designated as the RMA Center.

“The RMA will take place in a safety bubble setup. “All direct participants in the audit shall be required to adhere to the RMAC’s mobility restrictions,” it stated.

“All participants shall be expected to wear face masks at all times while inside the safety bubble, save when drinking or eating; maintain physical separation of at least six feet while inside the venue; and regularly clean their hands,” the Comelec noted.

The committee is made up of the Comelec-approved Consolidation Canvassing System Operator, the Philippine Statistics Authority, and the Comelec.

The RMA is a manual review of ballots to ensure that the vote-counting machines’ counts are correct.

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