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Explain OAV vote mixup, Comelec pressed

  • Written by Ryan Ponce Pacpaco
  • Published in Nation
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MORE lawmakers pressed yesterday the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to explain how the vote of a certain Andresa Amba in Hong Kong for senatorial candidate Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez got credited to the lawmaker’s good friend fellow senatorial bet Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Neri Colmenares.

Abakada party-list Rep. Jonathan de la Cruz and Colmenares joined Romualdez in demanding a thorough explanation from the Comelec, stressing the alleged incident was disturbing, alarming, and a serious threat to the integrity of the May 9 presidential elections.

They were referring to the request of Romualdez for the Comelec and Smartmatic-Total Information Management (TIM) Corp. to explain the alleged discrepancies between actual votes on the ballot and the printed voters’ receipts during the Overseas Absentee Voting (OAV).

De la Cruz sent a letter to Comelec chair Andres Bautista asking him to seriously look into the matter, explaining vice presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. also allegedly had a similar experience following reports that votes intended for him in absentee voting in Hong Kong, Dubai, Kuwait and Okinawa were counted for Sen. Gregorio Honasan.

“These reports which have been widely circulated in both traditional and social media, if true, are definitely disturbing and a cause of great concern to us all,” said de la Cruz in his letter to Bautista.
   
“As reported, the breaches include, among others, incomplete voters list resulting in confusion and ultimately non voting of qualified voters; irregular vote verification which allegedly happened in Hong Kong and Kuwait where the voters for Marcos were counted for Honasan and non reading of votes cast for Duterte and Binay in Japan,” the letter read.
   
For his part, Colmenares said: “We want to know all the circumstances regarding that incident and we want the said ballot retrieved.”
   
De la Cruz also said his group are now gathering some of those materials for the information and appropriate action of the Comelec and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).
   
“As we only have less than two weeks to go before the general elections, may I request Your Honors to kindly act on these reports soonest since, if left hanging, these may serve as precursor of fraud and wayward activities impacting negatively on the conduct of the May 9 polls,” de la Cruz stressed.