Comelec rejects parallel manual count
Posted by akosistella on April 29, 2010
MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Thursday rejected proposals to hold a parallel manual count of votes for president, vice president, and a local official.
Comelec spokesman James Jimenez announced in a press conference the poll body’s unanimous decision that it “cannot conduct a full parallel manual count.”
He said the poll body believes a parallel manual count would resurrect old types of fraud in manual counting such as “dagdag-bawas” and was no longer needed.
Jimenez said the parallel manual count has no legal basis and cannot be sanctioned by the poll body. Only a random manual audit is allowed under the poll automation law.
‘Glitches’ mar Comelec mock polls in Quezon City
“Glitches” marred the Commission on Elections mock polls at the UNTV compound in Quezon City, a television report said Thursday.
GMA Network’s Flash Report said that two hours into the simulation polls that started at 7 a.m., two ballots were rejected by the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines.
One of the rejected ballots was that of Daniel Razon, a UNTV host and producer.