Bongbong readies complaint over OAV irregularities

The camp of vice presidential candidate Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos is preparing a formal complaint to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) over the vote receipt discrepancies during the Ovrseas Absentee Voting (OAV).

"We are in the process of collating all complaints, all data in preparation for the filing of a complaint before the Comelec regarding the controversy. We will exert all efforts to get to the bottom of this," he stressed.

Marcos noted that a similar incident also occurred recently in California in the United States.

"When the voter in California complained to the election officers, he was scolded by the Board of Elections Inspectors (BEIs) who ordered him to just go home. The BEI even allegedly tore his vote," he lamented.

"What is disturbing is that I am the only one losing votes," the independent vice presidential bet said. Vote receipt discrepancies have been earlier reported in Hong Kong, Dubai, Kuwait and Japan.

Based on the reports reaching his office, Marcos said the votes which were supposed to be credited to him were being credited in the receipts to fellow vice presidential candidate Sen. Gregorio Honasan.

He further chided the Comelec for warning voters taking selfies with their receipts, saying instead of wasting its time on such matters, the poll body should ensure the conduct of clean, honest and credible elections on May 9.

Marcos aired the call after the Comelec said the BEIs in Dubai, Hong Kong, Vientiane in Laos, Madrid in Spain and Singapore reported incidents of voters taking selfies with their ballots, which is strictly prohibited.

Commissioner Arthur Lim said the poll body will investigate if charges should be filed.

"Instead of going after voters taking selfies, the Comelec should focus all its efforts in addressing various issues that threaten the credibility of the elections, such as the reported discrepancies in the ballot, the printed receipts and the hacking of their Web site that compromised voters' data," he stresed.

Marcos said the reports on alleged discrepancies in the votes in the ballot and the printed receipts could have spurred voters in the OAV to take selfies with their ballots.

"You cannot fault the voters to take action in a bid to protect their vote if they continue to hear reports of alleged flaws in the voting process. So, instead of going after those taking selfies, the Comelec should get its act together to allay any suspicions of cheating or voting irregularities," he added.

Source: Tribune