GINGOOG CITY, Misamis Oriental: Vice presidential candidate Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Thursday urged the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to lay down the rules in cases where there are discrepancies in the vote receipts from the actual votes cast.
Marcos made the call over mounting reports of discrepancies in vote receipts in the ongoing Overseas Absentee Voting (OAV).
The senator said the Comelec should explain the process that voters have to undertake in cases of disparity between what is written on the ballots and entries in the receipts.
“If a voter says the content of the receipt is wrong, what shall he or she do? How will he or she make the complaint? What’s the procedure? The voters should know exactly what to do when discrepancy is discovered,” the Ilocano lawmaker said.
Marcos cited a video, which had gone viral in social media, where an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) was complaining that her voter receipt did reflect Marcos as her candidate for Vice President but another candidate’s name appeared instead.
“The OFW, who is from Laoag City [Ilocos Norte], said she complained to the election officer but she was told that a voter is only entitled to one ballot,” he said.
“This is a very serious matter which the Comelec should look into. And if this is happening in OAV, how can we be sure that it will not happen on May 9 [when local and national elections are held]? It is therefore important that the Comelec release clear guidelines if the same problem occurs on election day,” Marcos added.
JAIME R. PILAPIL