Explanation on COMELEC-provided election results 'glitch' sought

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 14) — Several news outlets closely monitoring the midterm election results noticed a sudden drop in the transmitted results from the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) server on Tuesday.

CNN Philippines, Rappler, and GMA News — all connected to the COMELEC media server — reported the 5:20 am results from the vote counting. In its 5:50 am data, the number of votes noticeably dropped.

In the partial and unofficial tally at 5:20 am, the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) said 93 percent of the total votes have been received. In the data sent out by COMELEC 30 minutes later, it dropped to 49 percent.

The Commission on Elections explained the glitch.

"Nagkaroon ng java error kaya bumalik sa 40 percent. It was corrected just by restarting (the File Transfer Protocol app). Wala na tayong problema with that. It won't affect the result of transparency server," Commissioner Marlon Casquejo said.

Commissioner Rowena Guanzon explained it in simpler terms, "It's like your cellphone. If it's overloaded, it's going to hang. All you have to do is restart."

This comes after the seven-hour delay in the vote count due to data extraction issues.