Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. has assured Vice President Jejomar Binay that no high-tech cheating was possible in the 2016 presidential elections.
Brillantes said there was no reason for the Vice President to fear election fraud since it did not happen during the two previous elections.
He cited that Binay and his son, Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay, Jr. won in the 2013 elections where the precinct count optical scanner (PCOS) machines were used.
“For two elections, no cheating happened. The elections were clean,” Brillantes said in an interview.
At the Joint Convention of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) Western and Eastern Visayas in Iloilo City, Binay warned the public about possible election fraud by certain candidates in the 2016 presidential elections.
“Disturbing reports have reached us about possible high-tech tampering to favor certain candidates, especially for high offices in 2016,” Binay said.
“If this is true, such an act will be an assault on the people’s sovereign power to confer their mandate on the leaders of their choosing,” he added.
It will be remembered that Binay was aiming for a higher position in the 2016 polls.
Meanwhile, Brillantes pointed out that it was too early to speculate, saying that the poll body has not yet decided on what election machine to use for the 2016 elections.
Previously, Brillantes said the commission will hold a technology fair to help its advisory council determine which automated election system (AES) to use for the next elections.
“Whether we use the old PCOS machines or get new ones, it cannot be said that Binay can be cheated,” he said.Brillantes assured Binay of clean elections two years from now.
He said the possibility of fraud was just played up by detractors.