BALLOT COUNTING DISCREPANCIES EXPLAINED
Adjustments made to the counting sheets do not affect the overall final
standings of the candidates in the June 16th general elections, it was
announced here last Friday, according to Supervisor of Elections Ms.
In a press release, she reported that it was drawn to her attention on 19th
June by the Chairman of the Virgin Islands Party Mr. Carvin Malone, that
there appeared to be certain discrepancies in the reported figures for the
Territorial balloting in the 3rd and 5th districts, where the overall total
of votes cast was higher than possible given the number of ballots recorded.
"On reviewing the figures as published, I confirmed the discrepancies and
set about investigating them," the Supervisor stated. This was done by
herself, the Returning Officer for the Territorial District, the Deputy
Supervisor of Elections, and the Assistant Returning Officer (Data Entry
Manager for the Territorial Count).
Ms. Penn said she carefully re-checked the counting sheets for each
district and discovered that although the scores for all 13 candidates had
been correctly tallied, three typographical errors had been made in
entering the totals for the final report in respect of the Third and the
Fifth Districts at the date entry centre.
The error in District Three concerned candidate Conrad Maduro and in the
Long Trench polling division of District Five, Eileene Lucia Parsons and
Ronnie W. Skelton, according to the Elections Office. The office said the
corrected report is now published and will be gazetted.
"I must also state that the adjustments do not affect the overall final
standings of the candidates in the election. Those declared by the
Returning Officer on 17th June 2003 remain so," Ms. Penn declared.
She said she has conducted a thorough investigation as to what went wrong
and it was confirmed that the errors crept in due to human error while
inputting the tally scores in the final report and that they were inadvertent.
"I need not say how deeply I regret the error that occurred and that I will
ensure that steps will be taken to prevent such a recurrence in the
future," the Supervisor of Elections concluded.
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