ROMUALDEZ TO COMELEC: ENSURE FRAUD-PROOF, ERROR-FREE POLLS IN 2016
• September 2, 2014
• Written by Ryan Ponce Pacpaco
• Published in Top Stories
LAWMAKERS crossed party lines yesterday in proposing new machines for the next presidential polls as they expressed serious concerns over the plan of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to use mixed automated election system (AES) in 2016.
Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, Negros Occidental Rep. Albee Benitez, Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco, Marikina City Rep. Miro Quimbo and Abakada Party-list Rep. Jonathan de la Cruz said the Comelec should guarantee a poll that is fraud-free.
“Will the AES answer the poll fraud allegations during elections? The Comelec should consult the people to erase their doubts and make an extensive explanation,” Romualdez, head of the House independent minority bloc, pointed out.
“While technological advancement or the computerization of our electoral system has hastened the counting and canvassing of the votes, we should ensure that it is fraud-proof or error-free because serious allegations of inaccuracy or cheating may result to chaos and destroy our democratic process,” Romualdez stressed.
Benitez, a stalwart of the ruling Liberal Party (LP), agreed with Romualdez, saying the “Comelec should ascertain the smooth conduct of the 2016 national election.”
Tiangco, a staunch ally of Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay, proposed that new machines should be used for the next polls, explaining the Comelec should erase people’s doubt.
Quimbo also echoed Tiangco’s proposal, stressing “the PCOS (Precinct Count Optical Scan) machines are not compliant with the law.”
For his part, de la Cruz said “we can’t agree to that (mixed election technology), the system has to be checked.”