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Safety first or vote rigging?

MANILA (UCAN): A lot of suspicion surrounds a decision by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) not to issue a receipt to people when they vote at the coming May 9 presidential elections.

It is a requirement of the electoral procedure to issue a receipt upon voting, which the Comelec has ignored for the past two elections.

On February 26, Bishop Efraim Tendero, a convener of the InterFaith Coalition for Fairness, Accuracy, Integrity and Honesty in Elections, said, “If the commission will continue to violate the law, as it admitted and did in 2010 and 2013, political instability could result from a seriously flawed electoral process.”

The bishop described the issuing of voter receipts as being “the most effective means for the voting public to verify that the machines have read and counted their votes correctly.”

However, the Comelec has expressed the opinion that the receipt system is open to abuse.

A recent survey taken by Pulse Asia revealed that four out of 10 Filipino voters believe that cheating will happen in the coming elections.


Bishop Broderick Pabillo, from Manila, described the Comelec rationale as being flimsy logic, saying that the voter receipt is a minimum system capability prescribed by the country’s election laws.

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