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Comelec acknowledges it has a lot to explain about technical glitches in midterm polls

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By Analou De Vera

An official of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said the agency cannot blame some groups for questioning the result of the midterm elections as technical glitches happened during the polls.

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Watch groups have urged the poll body to conduct an investigation on the technical problems experienced during the elections, expressing that electoral fraud might have occurred.

“You cannot blame anyone for not trusting or having some questions on something that we should really be explaining and that’s what we are doing right now,” said Comelec Commissioner Luie Tito Guia.
However, the Comelec official reminded that there are ways to verify the correctness of the election result.

“There are other sources of information where you can validate kung tama or mali. Bago sana mag-generalize, pwede bang i-verify muna kasi result ng election ito eh,” said Guia.
[There are other sources of information where you can validate if it is correct or not. Before generalizing, they should first verify it because we are talking about election results here.]

“All the burden is on us to explain these things but humihingi din kami ng pang-unawa na sana bago doon sa mga incendiary conclusion about fraud, may datos naman na pwede kayong tingnan,” he furthered.

[All the burden is on us to explain these things but we are appealing for your understanding that before [giving] incendiary conclusion about fraud… there’s data that you can validate.]

Several vote counting machines in various polling precincts had encountered technical problems. Also, the Comelec’s transparency server on Monday had stopped sending election results to poll watchdogs and the media after it encountered a glitch. #MatalinongBoto2019

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