THE NATIONAL Plebiscite Board of Canvassers (NPBOC) raised the discrepancy found in the number of voters in Cotabato City’s election returns as it finally convened on Thursday for the results of the Bangsamoro Organic Law referendum held Jan. 21. Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Luie Tito F. Guia pointed out that the indicated total number of Cotabato voters who participated in the plebiscite do not reflect the combined total of the yes and no votes reported to them by the Plebiscite Committee (PlebCom), which is composed of teachers serving as Board of Election Inspectors. Cotabato City Acting Election Rommel H. Rama said the discrepancy is due to “an error on the part of the PlebCom.” “We can say that the computation is not accurate because of the omission on having correct data by the PlebCom,” Mr. Rama explained to the NPBOC, which is headed by the chairman and members of the Comelec en banc. The certificate of canvass of votes (COCV) of Cotabato City submitted to the NPBOC indicates 36,682 yes votes and 24,994 no. In the Statement of Votes, however, 22,507 was listed for those who voted no. No final resolution was reached before the NPBOC suspended canvassing. It will resume Friday at 2 p.m. As of this writing, the COCVs received so far by the Comelec were from Isabela City in Basilan and Basilan province. — Gillian M. Cortez