Comelec appeals SC ruling on voting receipt

Comelec appeals SC ruling on voting receipt

MANILA — The Commission on Elections (Comelec), through the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG), on Friday asked the Supreme Court (SC) to reverse its decision requiring the poll body to activate the capacity of the vote counting machines (VCMs) to print the voters receipt.

This was through a 13-page motion for reconsideration (MR) filed by the Comelec on Friday.

In its MR, the Comelec also asked the SC to allow them to conduct a demonstration of the VCM in front of the magistrates the soonest possible time.

The Comelec also maintained that under the paper-based election system, the Voters Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) is the ballot itself.

It argued that the ballot represented the vote of the voter and through this the “post-election system auditability” could be done, as well as pave the way for the independent system of confirming whether the VCM has correctly read the vote.

The Comelec added that the Automated Elections Systems (AES) Law did not state that the voter had to personally confirm whether the VCM had counted his vote.

The Comelec also believes that the voters receipt is only important if the system to be used is the Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) such that it does not use paper ballots.

The poll body cited the deliberations of the Congress during the time that the approval of the AES Law was pending wherein the paper audit trail was not directly limited to the voting receipt.

The Comelec warned that it is not far-fetched that the May 9, 2016 elections will be a failure, if the printing of the voting receipt will be implemented during this time that the poll body is running out of time in preparing for the elections. Perfecto Raymundo/PNA / northboundasia.com