We’ve been transparent since day one – Manila Bulletin

The Elections Commission (Comelec) insisted on Friday (May 13) that it had been transparent in all its procedures amid allegations of electoral fraud by some groups.

Protesters gather outside the Cultural Center of the Philippines along Roxas Boulevard in Pasay City on May 13, 2022 to condemn the alleged “blitzkrieg” voter fraud of the 2022 elections. (Photo by Ali Vicoy/MANILA BULLETIN)

Acting Comelec spokesman Director John Rex Laudiangco said even poll watchers and international observers vouched for the credibility of the recent automated elections.

“Right from the start, we’ve already shown everyone that all of our procedures are transparent, just to show people that what we’re doing is [in] in accordance with the law and the rules,” Laudiangco told a press briefing.

We stick to [to] exercise our functions within [the] the limits of the law and the rules. We could proudly declare na wala pong dayaan na naganap (no electoral fraud occurred). The credibility of the elections is there,” he added.

Thousands of demonstrators gathered outside the Philippine Cultural Center (PCC) to protest alleged irregularities and cheating in the recent elections.

However, polling watchdog the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) said there was a 100 per cent hit rate in the manual validation of the 16,820 voter returns it processed. until now.

Experts from the University of the Philippines (UP) School of Statistics, independent analysis group OCTA Research and poll watchdog National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL) have also debunked the allegations. of cheating regarding the supposed 68:32 voting ratio in favor of management. presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. over his closest rival, Vice President Leni Robredo.

Additionally, U.S. Department spokesman Ned Price said the automated elections in the Philippines “went in accordance with international standards and without major incident.”

The Comelec band continued the fourth day of canvassing for the senatorial and party elections on Friday at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC).

In total, 121 of the 173 canvassing certificates (COC) have already been canvassed by Comelec to date.

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