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Audit reports from the Comelec Polls taken on May 9 were 99.9% accurate.

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said on Monday that its Random Manual Audit (RMA) of the May 9 elections yielded a near-perfect accuracy score.

The RMA Committee, according to Commissioner Aimee Ferolino, began work last month and ended ahead of time.

“On behalf of the entire Random Manual Audit Committee, which includes civil society organizations, the Philippine Statistics Authority, and your Commission, as well as the teachers who served as RMA teams, I am pleased to report that we completed ahead of schedule and that our accuracy rate as of 4 p.m. yesterday (Sunday) stands at 99.95928 percent,” she said in a statement.

“The legislation allows us a maximum of 45 days to complete the audit, but we were able to complete it in only 34 days because of the dedication and collaboration of all parties involved.” Ferolino remarked, “We ended early and we finished strong.”

Comelec chose at least one clustered precinct for RMA in each legislative district at random on May 10, with 757 clustered precincts representing one ballot box each.

According to the law and Comelec norms, the activity was held in front of the National Board of Canvassers at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City.

“A total of 746 ballot boxes were audited out of 757.” Some voting boxes were no longer audited, but 27 remain under the Technological Evaluation Committee’s scrutiny for the following reasons: mislabeled ballot boxes, wet/torn ballots, and a lack of printed and online election returns,” she explained.

Ferolino credited the RMA’s success to the public and stakeholders.

“Please accept my heartfelt thanks and congratulations to everyone participating in the audit, from the teachers to the verifiers to the supervisors and security officers, who worked long days and late nights,” Ferolino stated.

“To the Filipino electorate, it is my hope that we were able to achieve the primary goal of the random manual audit, which is to check if the vote-counting devices used in the May 9, 2022 elections accurately read and tallied your sacred ballots,” she added.

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