Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Sunday expressed disappointment over technical glitches in mock polls conducted by the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
The independent vice presidential candidate in the May 2016 balloting was reacting to the Comelec’s mock polls last Saturday to test the automated election system or AES.
It turned out the mock polls showed flaws including technical glitches that delayed voting in some precincts, some ballots rejected as well as transmission problems.
“We are quite disappointed that the Comelec has not been able to streamline [its] operation and every step of the way, mukhang nagkakaproblema [problems seem to be arising],” he said.
“I hope that the Comelec Chairman [Andres] Bautista especiall, would be able to do something to correct these issues way before the elections. [Not in] one or two days, it has to be at least a month before,” the senator added.
Marcos said there is no way for the May 9 elections to be postponed as the date has been mandated by the Constitution.
“That’s perilous. Remember that you cannot delay the elections. It is a constitutional mandate, it must be held on the second Monday of May,” he noted.
“We are all very concerned [if the Comelec system does not work]. Actually, everybody is very worried,” Marcos said.
Marcos also noted reports that there were problems in the printing of ballots.
He said postponements of the printing of the ballots mean delays in canvassing and eventually delays in proclamation of winners.
“If there is any way we can assist them, we would be happy to do it. But they have to fix it [themselves],” Marcos added.