Comelec urged to create independent panel to probe May 13 election woes

Published June 3, 2019, 9:27 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Leslie Ann Aquino

A civil society group on Monday asked the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to create an independent body that will investigate the various issues in connection with the May 13 midterm polls.

Among the issues raised by The Silent Majority (TSM) are the defective vote counting machines (VCMs) that broke down on Election Day as well as the corrupted Secure Digital (SD) Cards.

The group said many overseas voters were unable to vote because there were no funds to mail them their ballots.

TSM also wants the extended delays in the relay of data from the Transparency Server of the Comelec to the media networks investigated.

These problems are apart from the supposed one million overvotes that were recorded in the last elections.

“We hereby petition the Commission to create an independent body to conduct a full investigation on all irregularities outlined in this manifestation,” TSM President Jocelyn Acosta said in her seven-page Manifestation and Petition.

“We call on the Commission to be true to its mandate and squarely address the questions of its constituents. Given the implications, verbal assurances are not enough,” she added.

Aside from the creation of an independent body,  the group also asked the Comelec to release further details on the defective VCMs, corrupted SD cards, the overvotes, and release the audit and system logs of the Transparency Server as well as the full report on the technical glitches it experienced.