• Voter’s receipt will only spoil polls – Comelec chief

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    Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista on Thursday said issuance of voter’s receipt will cause a big problem on Election Day (May 9, 2016) itself.

    Bautista told Bombo Radyo that the poll body is not against the issuance of the receipt but that it is difficult to do so at this time since voting machines to be used in the coming local and national elections are not designed for such purpose.

    Although the Comelec en banc is yet to make its final decision, his statement appeared to be the final decision of the poll body on the issue of the voter’s receipt.

    Bautista said the voting machines had been configured for the elections without considering the receipt that should be issued to voters right after they cast their ballots.

    The receipt is seen as proof that names of candidates the people voted for from the post of President down to municipal councilor would be properly registered and accounted for.

    The Comelec, however, has expressed fears that the voter’s receipt might be sold to candidates as also proof that the sellers did vote for them.

    Instead of the voter’s receipt, “online verification of votes” is being considered by the Comelec, according to Bautista.

    The issuance of the receipt could be effected through the voter verification paper audit trail (VVPAT), one of the four minimum security requirements mandated by law, but which the Comelec refused to restore in the voting machines.

    The poll body en banc unanimously had junked VVPAT, saying it will be used for vote- buying and it will delay the voting process.

    The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines has urged the Comelec to activate the security feature to ensure the integrity of the coming electoral exercise.

    The VVPAT will allow voters to verify if their ballots were cast correctly through the issuance of a receipt.

    It is mandated under Republic Act 9369 or the Automated Election Law.

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    3 Comments

    1. Renato B. Garcia on

      Puede Kung gusto. Ang pila Pagbasa ng resibo Puede Gawin Sa likod ng kwarto Sa tabi ng maliit na ballot box Kung Saan Puede Ihulog pagkatapos basahin sa harap ng mga poll watchers. Kung Meron Mali, isulat Sa logbook, Gaya ng Gawain Sa lahat ng post electoral protests. Dati ng gawa din Iyan.
      Puede rin gumamit ng ibang printer Sa likod ng kwarto para Walang Oras mawala Sa pagsusubo ng ballota Sa makina.
      Mahalaga na maimprenta ang resibo at Maari Itong gamitin para maikumpara Sa ballota at letrato niyo at para masigurado na Walang pagbabago Sa boto ng botante, pagka inulit ang pagbilang ng makina. Kapag nasira ang sd or cf card Kung Saan narroroon ang letrato ng boto, nabubura ito at Maari mangyari na Dayain at baguhin ang ballota.
      Mas magkakapila at tatagal, Kung Sa screen Lang babasahin ang boto. Wala pang Kopya ng resibo na puede gamitin para siguraduhin walang pandaraya sa pagsapit ng bilangan at bago Ito ma-I-transmit Sa central, KBP at munisipyo.

    2. ernie del rosario on

      Eh nasa batas yan di ba Atty Bautista ? Mag basa basa naman kasi kayo at intindihing mabuti (at least yung mga members ng en banc at yung mga IT senior officials) ng history/rationale ng VVPAT and automated voting please esp yung security and transparency aspects ! Trabahong maliwanag niyo yan ! Di yung dikta lang ng Smartmatic ang pinakikinggan niyo who has a very different motivation (make profits) than Comelec supposedly should have (deliver an accurate, fair, transparent elections while preserving vote secrecy). Pinagkakakitaan lang tayo ng billion billion ng Smartmatic while pinababayaan naman ng Comelec na wasakin ang ating electoral system ng dayuhang kumpanya na wala namang kahit bahid ng pagmamahal sa demokrasya kasi Communist country ang Venezuela. .

    3. Huwag ng mag palusot ang COMELEC dahil ang pag issue ng voter’s receipt ay mina mandato ng ating batas. Kung ayaw gawin, maraming dahilan, pero kung gugustuhin ay may paraan. Walang saysay ang ating pagboto sa ating gustong kandidato kung madadaya lang tayo sa pcos machine. Huwag nating hayaang maglaho ang ating layunin at mithiin na maging maayos ang kinabukasan ng ating bansa at mga susunod nating henerasyon dahil lang sa dayaan sa pcos machine. Ang COMELEC ay isang ahensiya ng ating gobyerno na dapat na magpoprotekta sa ating boto pero nakakalungkot isipin na binibigyan nila ng puwang ang magiging dayaan sa eleksiyon sa pagbabalewala sa pag issue ng voter’s receipt. Kaya tayo ay manindigan, magmasid at lumaban upang sugpuin ang posibleng dayaan sa pcos machine ngayong darating na 2016 eleksiyon..