Court dumps petition vs. 2010, 2013 polls

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THE Supreme Court dismissed a petition filed by a lawyer questioning the paper-based elections held last May and in May 2010.

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In a full court decision, the 15-man tribunal turned down the petition for injunction and mandamus filed by lawyer Manuelito R. Luna.

The petition was dismissed for lack of merit.

Luna filed his petition in support of his claim that the paper-based election system used by the Commission on Elections (Co-melec) in the 2010 and 2013 polls was a failure.

The lawyer argued in his plea that the system used by Comelec should be replaced by the Direct Recording Electronic election system.

He mentioned, among others, that the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines malfunctioned; the security features of the PCOS were unjustifiably disabled; ballot entries were misprinted; the PCOS rejected and misread the ballots; and the Compact Flash cards were corrupted.

The Court said it found “the petition on its face to be substantially deficient and must be dismissed outright.”

It stated that the petitioner’s petition for mandamus failed to allege that the Comelec was performing a ministerial function, [among others],” the Court ruling said.

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