Bongbong Marcos calls on COMELEC to lay down rules on vote receipt discrepancies

21 April 2016

Vice Presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr. today called on the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) to lay down the rules in cases where there are discrepancies in the vote receipts from the actual votes cast.

Marcos made the call in the light of mounting reports over alleged discrepancies in vote receipts in the ongoing Overseas Absentee Voting.

The Senator urged the Comelec to explain the process that voters should undertake in case of disparity between what was written in the ballots and the entries in the receipts.

“If a voter says the content of the receipt is wrong, what shall he or she do? How will he or she make the complaint? What’s the procedure? Kailangan gumawa ng hakbang ang Comelec para pagpasok ng botante sa mga presinto ay alam na nila ang gagawin kung sakaling magkaroon ng ganitong problema,” he said.

Marcos pointed out that he has met quite a number of people in his campaign sorties who expressed concern over vote receipt discrepancies.

He also mentioned a video which went viral over social media where an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) was complaining that her voter receipt did reflect Marcos as her candidate for vice president but another candidate's name appeared instead.

"The OFW, who is from Laoag City, said she complained to the election officer but she was told that a voter is only entitled to one ballot."

“This is a very serious matter which the Comelec should look into. And if this is happening in OAV, how can we be sure that it will not happen on May 9? It is therefore important that the Comelec releases clear guidelines if the same problem occurs on election day,” Marcos concluded.