By Jeffrey Damicog
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) Wednesday advised those calling for the suspension of winners in the elections due to allegations of fraud to formally file a petition before the poll body.
“There has to be a formal petition addressed to the Commission en banc,” Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez told reporters.
Jimenez gave this advice in response to the calls made by the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines’ National Secretariat for Social Action-Justice and Peace (CBCP-NASSA) for Comelec to suspend the proclamation of winning senatorial candidates and party-lists.
CBCP-NASSA pointed out that the seven-hour delay at the transparency server showed fraud has taken place and should be addressed by the Comelec.
In the meantime, Jimenez pointed out that he is not aware if the CBCP-NASSA has filed a petition before the Comelec asking for the suspension of the proclamation.
“So it is a little difficult to imagine that the entire elections will be suspended essentially because of speculation,” he stressed….
“The first step is a formal petition being filed,” added Jimenez who pointed out that a process has to be followed.
On the other hand, the spokesman assured that the glitch at the transparency server located at the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) headquarters at the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila is no proof of fraud.
“The independent observers who watched the whole thing unfold, among them there was a consensus that there was no problem at all,” he cited.
“That there was just a problem with the FTP (file transfer protocol), that the transmission continued unabated, that the whole process remains open and verifiable,” he added.
Jimenez reminded that the Comelec already gave its assurance that “the logs can be shared.”