Vice Presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. today bared that his legal team is now collating evidence on vote receipt discrepancies in the Overseas Absentee Voting in preparation for the filing of a complaint before the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
In an interview, Marcos said he will not take the vote receipt discrepancies issue sitting down as his team is currently gathering evidence from people abroad who have personal knowledge of the incidents wherein votes cast in his favor were credited to other candidates in the receipts.
“We are in the process of collating all complaints, all data in preparation for the filing of a complaint before the Comelec regarding the controversy. We will exert all efforts to get to the bottom of this,” he said.
Marcos said more vote receipt discrepancies have been reported with the latest happening in California, USA.
"When the voter in California complained to the election officers, he was scolded by the Board of Elections Inspectors (BEIs) who ordered him to just go home. The BEI even allegedly tore his vote."
Marcos lamented, "What is disturbing is that I am the only one losing votes!"
Vote receipt discrepancies have been earlier reported in Hong Kong, Dubai, Kuwait and Japan.
Marcos further chided the Comelec for warning voters taking selfies with their receipts saying instead of wasting its time on such matters, the COMELEC should ensure the conduct of clean, honest and credible elections on May 9.
Marcos aired the call after the Comelec said the Board of Election Inspectors in Dubai, Hong Kong, Vientiane in Laos, Madrid in Spain and Singapore reported incidents of voters taking selfies with their ballots, which is strictly prohibited. Commissioner Arthur Lim said the poll body will investigate if charges should be filed.
“Instead of going after voters taking selfies, the Comelec should focus all its efforts in addressing various issues that threaten the credibility of the elections, such as the reported discrepancies in the ballot, the printed receipts and the hacking of their website that compromised voters’ data,” Marcos recommended.
Marcos said the reports on alleged discrepancies in the votes in the ballot and the printed receipts could have spurred voters in the OAV to take selfies with their ballots.
“You cannot fault the voters to take actions in a bid to protect their vote if they continue to hear reports of alleged flaws in the voting process. So, instead of going after those taking selfies, the Comelec should get its act together to allay any suspicions of cheating or voting irregularities” Marcos concluded.