Senatorial candidate Richard J. Gordon on Tuesday appealed to the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) to print the voter’s receipt.
“Madali lang gawin yang pag-iisyu ng resibo. In nine days, kaya yan. Ang laging sinasabi ng COMELEC. Ano bang dahilan ninyo at ikinukubli ninyo ang mga resibo ng boto? (It’s so easy to print the receipts. You can do it in nine days. That’s what COMELEC said. What’s happening and you’re hiding the receipts,” Gordon aired his concern in an interview with DZRH.
Gordon said he asked the Supreme Court to order the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to print ballot receipts during the May elections.
The returning lawmaker wants Comelec to implement the voter verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) under the amended Automated Elections Law, which he authored.
Gordon alleged that the Comelec has been a ‘recidivist’ in violating Republic Act No. 9369. The last two automated elections in the country have not been credible because of its failure to implement the safeguards such as presenting the source code for review, the use of digital signatures was disabled and the random manual audit was announced.
The senatorial candidate from Olongapo City, Zambales argued that without a receipt, results from the vote-counting machines would be open to doubt. (Joel C. Atencio)