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Solon presses probe into poll ‘anomalies’

  • Written by Jester P. Manalastas
  • Published in Nation
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EVEN with the official canvassing by the National Board of Canvassers yet to start, a party-list lawmaker is calling for a congressional investigation into the alleged irregularities in the May 9 elections.

Abakada party-list Rep. Jonathan dela Cruz yesterday filed House Resolution 2701 directing the committees on suffrage and electoral reforms and good government and public accountability to conduct an inquiry into the reported anomalies in the recently-concluded elections.

Dela Cruz wants to summon the officials of the Commission on Elections and service provider Smartmatic.

The solon particularly wants to investigate the reported irregular and illegal change of the script of the PPCRV transparency server in the middle of the transmission of votes last May 9.

No less than Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista and the Comelec en banc admitted that it was a Venezuelan technician on orders of Smartmatic Project Director Marlon Garcia who breached the sealed automated election system (AES) by changing the script of the transparency server on or about 7:30 p.m. on election day.
    
Dela Cruz said there is a need to restore the integrity of the entire system by providing proper measures and imposing appropriate sanctions against the guilty parties.
   
Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon has formalized her request to stop officers and employees of technology provider Smartmatic from leaving the country while the company is being investigated for changing a script of the Comelec transparency server without the commissioners’ consent.
    
Guanzon issued a memorandum dated May 16 to the Comelec en banc to formally call on the members of the en banc committee to direct Smartmatic to prohibit their personnel from leaving the country.

with Lee Ann P. Ducusin