LP wants Comelec to create independent body to probe alleged poll irregularities

Published May 17, 2019, 5:13 PM

by AJ Siytangco

By Hannah Torregoza

The Liberal Party has formally asked the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to look into the alleged irregularities that marred the conduct of the May 2019 midterm elections, including the seven-hour data outage of the transparency server.

Sen. Francis Pangilinan (Senate of the Philippines / MANILA BULLETIN)
Sen. Francis Pangilinan
(Senate of the Philippines / MANILA BULLETIN)

In a four-page manifestation and motion, LP, represented by its President Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan and its Secretary General Rep. Jose Christopher Belmonte, urged the poll body to constitute an independent body to conduct an investigation on the glitches in the transparency server and vote counting machines (VCMs).

As of the latest partial and unofficial count, none of the senatorial bets of the Otso Diretso opposition coalition have so far entered the top 12.

The LP also urged the Comelec to release the full technical report on the technical glitch as regards the data packets and Java error in the transparency server.

Likewise, the former ruling party asked for the release of the audit and system logs of the transparency server.

The LP also sought the identification of the places or areas of deployment or localities and or clustered precincts of the 1,665 SD cards that malfunctioned or were corrupted.
The opposition coalition also urged the poll body to identify the places or areas of deployment or clustered precincts of the 961 VCMs that were found defective.

“This Honorable Commission is constitutionally mandated to administer all laws and regulations relative to the conduct of an election,” they said in the motion.

“Wherefore, premises considered, it is respectfully prayed that this Honorable Commission that the Liberal Party’s requests be granted at the soonest possible time,” the LP stated in the motion. #MatalinongBoto2019

 
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