17 05 2007

Reports of violence, threats, fraud and cheating flooded the hotline of the Legal Network for Truthful Elections (LENTE) on Day Two of the election canvassing process.

“We continue to monitor the canvassing of votes in the country’s 17 regions to ensure that irregularities and anomalies are reported and addressed immediately.  It is sad to note that accounts of cheating and violence mar the canvassing of tallied votes.  Now more than ever, we call for vigilance among the public,” LENTE Co-convener and Ateneo Human Rights Center Executive Director Atty. Carlos P. Medina, Jr., said.

On Day Two of the canvassing process, LENTE volunteers and citizen monitors reported the following:

·    LANAO DEL SUR — According to LENTE volunteer Attorney Nasser Marohomsalic, reports are going around that certain middle-level government officials are threatening to transfer Lanao del Sur-based Commission on Elections officials to Sulu if they do not ensure a 12-0 sweep for Team Unity in the area.  “We haven’t verified this because people are afraid to talk, but news of massive special operations that aim to tweak election results have been going around since day one of the canvassing process,” he said.

The LENTE lawyer urged citizen monitors to keep close watch over the sanctity of the ballot, and requested members of the press to publish the partial results in Lanao released by the National Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL) to deter massive special operations to change the results.

Attorney Nasser also reported cases of violence among poll watchers of competing parties.

·    OCCIDENTAL MINDORO — LENTE lawyer Attorney Margarita Tamunda reported a case of ballot switching in Precinct 3-A, District 2, in Mamburao Central School.  She said that poll watchers in the precinct caught Board of Election Inspector Supervisor Jun de Jesus sneaking an envelope into the polling area on election day.  Witnesses said that de Jesus was using ballots from the envelopes which he hid in his drawer.  The watchers urged de Jesus to open the envelope, but he refused.

Atty. Tamunda said that a search warrant was then issued, forcing de Jesus to open the envelope.  COMELEC representatives found 100 ballots in the envelope.  “Fifty of the ballots were fake,” Atty. Tamunda said.  The COMELEC is expected to take legal action in the case.

·    NEGROS OCCIDENTAL — In Kabankalan, a volunteer reported a discrepancy between the election returns and the certificate of canvass.  “There was an increase in votes in the COC, and the COCs do not have the statement of votes,” the report stated.




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18 05 2007
Manuel L. Quezon III: The Daily Dose » Blog Archive » Costs of political cannibalism

[…] leaves the public dissatisfied and discontent (see and the Zamboanga del Sur vote; see Lente reports) and media raising an eyebrow. Nonetheless, as Mga Diskurso ni Doy (who, before the election, […]

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