COMELEC ENTERTAINED TEAM UNITY'S COMPLAINT, HOW ABOUT THE COMPLAIN OF ELECTION FRAUD?
by Napanice (no login)
JUST BECAUSE A LAWYER OF THE ADMINISTRATION LODGED A COMPLAIN, COMELEC IS NOW POSTPONING THE PROCLAMATION OF SENATORIAL WINNERS. THERE'S AN EVEN MORE URGENT ISSUE THAT THE COMELEC SHOULD ADDRESS AND THAT IS THE WHOLESALE ELECTION FRAUD NOW TAKING PLACE IN THE SO-CALLED BAILIWICKS OF THE ADMINISTRATION, STARTING WITH THE PROVINCE OF MAGUINDANAO.
ALSO, THE PEOPLE WOULD LIKE TO SEE ABALOS AND HIS COHORTS DO SOMETHING ABOUT VOTE BUYING STARTING WITH MAGUINDANAO GOVERNOR AMPATUAN WHO BLATANTLY OFFERED 1 MILLION EACH IN BRIBES TO MAYORS WHO CAN DELIVER A 12-0 VICTORY FOR TEAM UNITY IN MAGUINDANAO. THE OTHER VOTE BUYER IS DOJ SECRETARY RAUL GONZALES WHO CLAIMED THAT IT IS A VERY COMMON PRACTICE ALTHOUGH HE KNOWS IT IS AN ELECTION LAW OFFENSE.
COMELEC: Winners will have to wait
The Commission on Elections said Thursday that it will postpone the partial proclamation of winning senatorial candidates Saturday.
On Wednesday the COMELEC announced it will be able to proclaim nine of the 12 winners in the senatorial race over the weekend. The commission had given itself until Friday to finish its tally at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City.
Thursday's announcement followed a complaint from election lawyer Romulo Macalintal of the administration-backed Team Unity. He said the COMELEC has no right to partially proclaim winning candidates until all the votes are canvassed.
"Maari lang magawa 'yan kung ang [certificates of canvass] na hindi din dumarating ay hindi na darating. In other words hindi mo na makikita kailanman (A partial proclamation of winning candidates can only be done if the certificates of canvass that have failed to arrive will no longer arrive)," Macalintal said.
COMELEC Chairman Benjamin Abalos Sr. agreed with Macalintal.
He said that COCs from Davao and Manila have yet to be counted. These contain millions of uncanvassed votes.
The COMELEC's National Board of Canvassers, meanwhile, has yet to receive 22 COCs. These COCs are estimated to have between four to five million votes.
Posted on May 24, 2007, 1:20 PM from IP address 18.104.22.168