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The Random Manual Audit of some of the votes to be cast in Monday’s midterm elections will start on May 15, the Commission on Elections said Friday.

Comelec Commissioner Luie Tito Guia, RMA committee head, said the lead convenor of the RMA would be the Legal Network for Truthful Elections, together with the Philippine Statistics Authority, among other civil society organizations.

Guia said they would be selecting specific precincts on May 14 where they would get samples from the municipalities or cities as the basis for the audit.

“Our people will be mobilized to retrieve the sample precincts from the city or municipality. We will be publishing this information as well,” Guia said.

He said they would only be looking at the votes for senators, congressional representatives, and mayors.

LENTE executive director Rona Caritos said the RMA, which would be held at the Diamond Hotel in Manila, would be completed in less than two weeks.

Caritos urged the public to participate in the auditing of the votes.

“Tentatively it is scheduled for 12 days, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.. So 12 hours straight with supervision. So we need people to supervise our teacher-auditors. They will be paid,” Caritos said.

Guia said the participation of LENTE was approved by the Comelec en banc.

“We have their participation approved by the en banc. It was approved last Wednesday,” he said.

Originally, the National Movement for Free Elections was the lead convenor, but it declined the accreditation last month. It was the lead convenor in the 2016 elections.

The RMA is a manual examination of the ballots to validate the count of the Vote Counting Machines (VCM).

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