MAY 15, 2019 —Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon said the polling body is open to have independent third parties to run a technical audit on the transmission of election results.
“Yun po ang mungkahi ni Commissioner Guia kaya mag-uusap po yung Comelec en banc diyan sa kanyang mungkahi at agree kami dyan… PPCRV, Namfrel, we will give them access. I’m sure they will have access and the other commissioners will agree,” said Guanzon.
Guanzon went on to assure the public that there is no reason to doubt the credibility of the results, despite the 7-hour delay during its transmission.
“I can assure that personally na wala pong daya ‘yan or magic…’Yung central servers naman po ay gumana at that time and na pa-post naman sa mga boards yung hard copy,” said Guanzon.
Meanwhile, election lawyer and senatorial candidate Romy Macalintal has given the 2019 midterm polls a 7.5 out of 10 success rating.
During the Kapihan sa Manila Bay media forum, Macalintal said the elections were successful but added that the Commission on Elections should have spent a year preparing for the elections, instead of just six months.
“The preparation should not only be 6 months before the elections. At least 1 year before the polls, dapat meron na tayong at least 80% assurance na talagang handang-handa ang Comelec,” said Macalintal.
Macalintal added that the Comelec should do more to address the malfunctioning vote-counting machines so that people will not have a reason to doubt the credibility of the election returns.
“Kaya kung maayos lang sana ang Comelec, eh baka talagang ang taumbayan magkakaroon ng tiwala sa halalan. Pero kung ganyang magkakaroon lagi ng glitches, eh hindi mo masisisi ang taumbayan na maghinala ng ano-ano sa nangyayari sa ating eleksyon,” said Macalintal.
Atty. George Garcia also proposed changing the 1981 election law to remove the quasi-judicial function of the Comelec, as he claims it interferes with its administrative function and splits its focus on election preparations.
“Hindi lang po Comelec ang may fault. I think it’s the law. That’s why we are calling Congress. ‘Yun pong papasok na Congress, please amend our antiquated, jurassic election laws,” said Garcia.