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Liberal Party questions ‘3M uncounted votes’

Posted by akosistella on June 4, 2010


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FILIPINOS are entitled to know the truth about those null votes. With all the complaints of irregularities documented during the last elections involving the automated system itself (e.g. the PCOS machines, the CF Cards, the ballots), why should we take Smartmatic and Comelec’s word that these null votes are the result of voters not having voted for any VP candidate, or resulted from an undershaded oval beside the VP Candidate’s name, or overvoting – meaning thes voters vote for more than the These PCOS machines are hardly perfect, and may have mistakenly not counted appropriately filled out ballots.

What’s suspicious is that those null votes where significantly huge in areas where Jojo Binay led the VP count by at least 10 percent. These was evident in 3 regions alone. Also, in the Mindanao area, there was an unusually high turnout of voters in the ARMM provinces reaching over 90 percent, w/c was more than the national average of 70 percent. Ask any statistician and they will tell you that it’s statistically impossiblethat a candidate would just get zero or 1 vote, as what happened to Sen. MAR Roxas in the last elections. It’s deja vu all over again! Didn’t FPJ have this same problem when he ran in the 2004 presidential elections vs Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, and he too received zero votes exactly in these very same areas that Roxas has been lagging behind Binay?

Congress as the National Board of Canvassers has the power to decide to count those votes. The legislators made the canvassing rules, and can very well adopt new rules and procedures to address the problem of those 3M null votes. The figure is just too large to ignore! Will the Senators and Congressmen be irresponsible and just close their eyes on this issue? What if it happened to them in the next elections?

Btw the Automated Election System Law (RA 8346) doesn’t contain any defintion of ‘null votes’, so I went to the Comelec web site to search through its resolutions and other documents which could contain the definition. Either there is no such published definition, or the Comelec web site was acting funky again.

And just for the sake of argument: Even if the null votes affect Sen. Noynoy Aquino and go the way of former President Joseph Estrada, as the Binay camp intrigues in an attempt to douse cold water on the LP’s assertions on behalf of Sen. Roxas, Aquino will still end up w/ a 2-million margin vs Estrada. So there.

Let’s get to the truth! Count those null votes now!

2 Responses to “Liberal Party questions ‘3M uncounted votes’”

  1. popkins said

    PCOS na ang nagdedetermine ng will ng taumbayan ngayon. next elections 5M null votes na yan kapag walang umaksyon. Noong huling eleksyon, teacher ang nagsasabi kung mabibilang ba ang boto, ngayon mga depektibong PCOS machines

  2. johnregala said

    in the past elections, mispelled names and incomplete names of candidates in the ballots were mandated by law to be counted. this is in keeping with the principle that technicalities should not hinder the expression of the true intent of the voter. After all, election is the process by which we choose our leaders, elections is not a SPELLING contest nor is it a contest for whoever SHADES the circle most perfectly. the liberal appreciation of votes in the manual elections must continue to be implemented in the automated elections. Intent of the voter must still be the guiding principle for appreciation if they can be discerned.

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