No closure without probe on poll glitches, bishops say

No closure without probe on poll glitches, bishops say

By CBCP News

May 22, 2019

Manila, Philippines

At least three Catholic bishops have joined the growing demand for an independent investigation of the alleged irregularities in the recent midterm elections.

Bishops Gerardo Alminaza of San Carlos, Antonio Tobias of Novaliches, and Broderick Pabillo of Manila said that until an impartial probe is made, “there will will be no closure on the questions of integrity and credibility” of the elections.

“No amount of name-calling and threats from the part of those silencing protests can repress the call for transparency,” the bishops said in a joint statement.

According to them, the Commission on Elections has yet to respond satisfactorily to the transmission delays and technical glitches that marred the polls.

They particularly want the Comelec to explain the high number of vote counting machines with glitches and secure digital cards which malfunctioned during polls.

The prelates also questioned the seven-hour glitch in the poll body’s transparency server and the alleged existence of pre-shaded ballots and “erroneous” ballots receipts.

“These irregularities and possible logistical tamperings already cast doubt to the reliability of the election results,” they said.

“We question the suspicious behavior and sidesteps employed by the Comelec to avoid addressing the aforementioned issues and the data blackout in a comprehensive manner and in sufficient detail.”

The Comelec proclaimed the newly elected senators and party list groups on Wednesday despite calls to suspend the proclamation until the allegations of fraud are resolved.