LP asks Comelec for full report on 7-hour ‘technical glitch’

Published May 18, 2019, 4:21 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Mario Casayuran

The opposition Liberal Party (LP) on Saturday asked the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for the full technical report of the seven-hour “technical glitch” and an independent investigation into the glitch that appeared to cast doubt on the results of the May 13 mid-term elections.

 Sen. Francis Pangilinan (MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)
Sen. Francis Pangilinan

‘’We continue to monitor the canvassing of votes at Comelec. Our representatives are still there to scrutinize the results,’’ Sen. Francis N. Pangilinan, LP president and one of those charted the political campaign of the ‘’losing’’ eight senatorial candidates of ‘’Ocho Diretso.’’

The opposition group also filed a manifestation with the Comelec to release significant details and information on the 961 defective vote counting machines (VCMs), 1,655 corrupted SD cards (how many votes, which precinct or municipality or city or province, and what is the status of these, among others.)

The group likewise asked for an audit and systems log of the transparency server.

‘’All these pieces of information are important in determining the entire process of the elections and if these are acceptable or not,’’ Pangilinan said.

Pangilinan said their lawyers and IT experts have met to prepare for a deeper understanding of what happened in the automated election system and we continue to talk and coordinate.

*All these happened amidst allegations and reports of the administration’s use of the entire government machinery to influence, if not terrorize, local officials and voters to choose its candidates,’’ he explained.

‘’We should not let extreme emotions or anger get the better of us, but we also need to remain vigilant. Asking what happened and to insist on an explanation from Comelec is the right thing to do. Comelec needs to answer a lot of questions. Meanwhile, we are gathering all the reports and complaints from different areas regarding our election process,’’ he pointed out.

Pangilinan stressed that every vote is sacred.

‘’We ask only for a clear and acceptable explanation to the questions of voters. This is part of Comelec’s job,’’ he added.