MANILA, June 6, 2016— A Church-backed poll watchdog has asked the Commission on Elections to investigate alleged irregularities in the May 9 local and national polls.
The Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) said it is a “must” for the Comelec to shed light on the allegations and erase doubts on the credibility of the elections process.
“For the credibility of the elections, all protests and claims accompanied by evidence should be looked into seriously,” said Henrietta de Villa, PPCRV chairperson.
She said they were furnished copies of formal complaints and supposed evidence on the alleged poll cheating.
“So Comelec must investigate. Claimants of cheating must have hard and strong evidence to back their claims. If proven guilty cheaters must be punished heavily and swiftly,” said de Villa.
In 2010, she recalled similar claims of election fraud — from simulated SD to whistleblowers or masked fraud perpetrators on television.
However, she added, these were lengthily and thoroughly investigated and “finally proven to be without basis.”
“PPCRV stands on the side of the truth and the law,” De Villa said. (CBCPNews)