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Teams ask SC to compel Comelec to make Could 2022 polls preps clear

FILE PHOTO: The Supreme Courtroom constructing on Padre Faura Avenue in Manila. CATHY MIRANDA / INQUIRER.web

MANILA, Philippines — Three organizations sought the assistance of the Supreme Courtroom (SC) on Wednesday to compel the Fee on Elections (Comelec) to be clear in its preparations for the approaching nationwide and native elections on Could 9.

“Comelec just isn’t being clear in all of the automated election techniques and is placing the general public at nighttime. It is a very harmful precedent as Comelec itself is willfully hiding crucial details about your entire automated election system,” reads the petition filed by the Nationwide Press Membership of the Philippines (NPC), Automated Election System Watch (AES WATCH), and Guardians Brotherhood, Inc. (GBI).

Of their petition for mandamus, the teams requested the excessive courtroom to direct the Comelec to permit the inspection of the continuing poll printing on the Nationwide Printing Workplace (NPO) in addition to the examination of ballots that have been printed within the absence of observers.

Additionally they requested for the publication of deployment locations of ballots printed within the absence of observers and disposition or destruction of the reported 5.2 million faulty ballots.

Petitioners additionally mentioned they need particulars on the preparation of the SD (safe digital) playing cards for use within the vote-counting machines (VCMs) via Comelec-accredited observers within the Sta. Rosa, Laguna warehouse, together with entry to and examination of the SD playing cards which have already been configured and ready with out the presence of observers and permit the general public to watch pre-logic and accuracy check (Pre-LAT) and different assessments to be performed.

They likewise mentioned that the Comelec ought to disclose particulars on its preparation, testing, and deployment of the VCMs and all its components, attachments, and instruments via Comelec accredited observers, transmission diagram or information/communications community construction together with the main points of the transmission router server and/or the “Meet-Me Room,” and all units and tools that can be used to transmit election outcomes.

Citing Republic Act 9369 or the Automated Election System Act, petitioners reminded Comelec that it has the obligation to tell the general public of its compliance with the minimal system capabilities required underneath the regulation.

They added that the regulation additionally permits political events and candidates or their representatives, and residents’ arm or their representatives to look at and check the tools or machine for use within the voting and counting of ballots.

“Whereas we admire the pronouncements of the brand new ballot chair, Saidamen Pangarungan, and the 2 new commissioners that they’re dedicated to transparency, the general public stays apprehensive given the Comelec’s poor observe report in previous elections,” NPC President Paul Gutierrez informed reporters.

In the meantime, in a press release, Comelec chair Pangarungan assured that they’re dedicated to full transparency.

“After I assumed as Chairman, I ordered the individuals concerned within the preparations to permit observers, watchers, and reside streaming of all of the actions with out nonetheless compromising the safety of accountable paperwork in addition to the Comelec system,” he mentioned.

The Comelec will once more go to the NPO to conduct a random poll test on Thursday, March 24.


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