Senate commission chaired by Imee to assess the May 9 elections

By on May 29, 2022 0

The Senate Committee on Electoral Reforms chaired by Senator Imee Marcos, sister of President-elect Ferdinand Marcos Jr., will take a closer look at the May 9 election and investigate issues that have marred the polls, such as malfunctioning speedometers. votes (VCM), incomplete electoral rolls and endemic vote buying.

But she clarified that the May 31 inquiry was only aimed at a “general assessment” of the elections in the service of legislation and not to investigate claims challenging the legitimacy of her brother’s victory.

“It’s like the autopsy because after the elections there are still a lot of complaints. Also, what is most important here are the ways forward, how can we improve so that we can move forward,” Marcos said in a radio interview on Sunday.

“It may be painful for others to hear, but we need to identify the gaps,” the senator said.

“As we have seen, the VCMs are from 2009-2010, many of which malfunctioned. There were also a lot of people who complained about voter lists and health protocols,” she added.

Marcos said his committee could also look into allegations of fraud, but stressed that even adding the complaints wouldn’t be large enough to change the result, as noted by election watchdogs like the Parish Pastoral Council. for Responsible Voting and the National Citizens Movement. for free elections.

“It helps legislation so that we can solve problems such as the budget [of the Commission on Elections] and failing VCMs,” she said.

While automated elections have generally been successful, Marcos said she still wanted to push for a hybrid mode with a manual component for counting votes.

“First of all, I think we need a hybrid mode, because we don’t have a manual count, we don’t have any physical evidence when there is a protest, like ERs (election reports) within the compound,” she said.

“Second, it’s better if people can see the hand count. We’re used to seeing this, the tara system, and it’s a good way to gain public trust,” she said.

“But with the machines, even though we feed the ballots into the machines, we hear reports, especially from OFWs (Filipino Overseas Workers), that the ones they voted for weren’t reflected. in the receipt. So there is a level of mistrust if all the paper evidence we have is machine generated,” Marcos said.

She also agreed that vote buying is rampant during elections.

“Even on the highways, people are queuing for money. It’s not a secret. It happened all over the Philippines… Now it’s not even cash, they pay via GCash or PayMaya. It’s not fair,” she said.

In March, some media released videos of P500s being distributed in white envelopes to people after a Marcos rally in Nueva Ecija. The governor later claimed it was part of regular cash assistance to residents.

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