Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Poe questions Comelec's decision to scrap mall voting

Senator Grace Poe on Tuesday questioned the haste with which the Commission on Elections decided to scrap its mall voting plan so close to the May 9 polls.

Poe said she is curious as to why the poll body voted to cancel the project last April 26 when it has spent months preparing for it.
She said allowing voters to cast their votes inside malls would have been beneficial since they will not only be comfortable doing so, but the presence of closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras would have been a safeguard against cheating.
“Mas mahirap nga na mandaya sa mall dahil may CCTV kahit saan. Kaya para sa akin, kaduda-duda rin na agad-agad nilang bigla na lang dinesisyunan, hindi pwede ‘yon,” the senator said at the sidelines of her sortie in Cavite.
Voting 4-3, the Comelec en banc scrapped the mall voting proposal because the law requires that the transfer of precincts be made 45 days before the elections are held.
With less than a week to go before the elections, Poe urged the Comelec to take former commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal's warning that canvassing results could possibly be hijacked.
She said they will deploy their own watchers to precincts to guard voters, and will have lawyers to respond to any issues that could arise.
Nevertheless, she urged the public to remain vigilant to ensure their voice would be heard during the polls.
“Ang taumbayan pwede magsumbong, pwede mag-text sa mga network, at para sa ating lahat ito ay para sa kinabukasan natin. Huwag nating papayagan na ang mga makapangyarihan at ang mga nananakot ang masunod dito sa eleksyon. Dapat kung sino ang gusto ninyo, ‘yon ang dapat maboto ninyo,” she said. —ALG, GMA News
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