MANILA, Philippines – On election day, May 13, major television networks ABS-CBN, GMA7, TV5, and Solar News Network, as well as election watchdog National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel), will get their election results data electronically via the Rappler Mirror Server (RMS).
Made possible through a memorandum of agreement between the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and Rappler, the RMS opens up electronic access to the election results to interested groups and media entities other than those originally allowed to connect to the results real time in 2010. (Read: Comelec OKs poll server)
"We thank Comelec for trusting a young group like us," said Maria Ressa, CEO of Rappler. "We were chosen unanimously by the Comelec en banc to help in technology sharing and assistance."
The Rappler Mirror Server will get data real time from the Transparency server, which receives and decrypts the 3rd transmission made by almost 80,000 voting machines nationwide on election day.
The data, in turn, are transferred almost instantly from the RMS to the workstations of end users at the Pope Pius Catholic Center in Manila. The goal of the service is to promote greater transparency in the conduct of the country’s second automated national elections.
It will allow Rappler to give the public access not just to the total results but also to information that could enable voters and poll watchers to validate data received by the system with results on the ground.
New design, mood meter
In the tradition of Rappler’s patented Mood Meter and Mood Navigator, this service will also allow Rappler to serve results in dynamic infographics and maps that update real-time as new results are received.
Rappler is the only non-TV media entity that petitioned and was granted electronic access to the election results data. It helped Comelec and Smartmatic with the new design of feeding real-time data to the groups connected to the Rappler media server.
In 2010, when the country witnesssed the first automated national elections, only the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), the dominant majority and minority parties, and the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) were allowed to tap into the results data electronically.
Media entities got their results during the 2010 polls through the KBP. – Rappler.com