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Sen. Marcos says taking picture of VCM screen should be allowed

Press Releases
7 March 2016

Vice presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr. today offered a compromise on the issue involving the issuance of voting receipts on the May 9 elections.

He said since the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has rejected printing of the voting receipts, it should allow instead voters to take pictures of the screen of the vote counting machines (VCMs) immediately after they cast their votes.

Marcos said this is a “win-win” compromise which would allow the Comelec to implement its decision against printing of vote receipts and at the same time grant voters the chance to immediately verify their votes.

“Siguro ang compromise eh doon sa screen (ng VCM), pumayag sila (Comelec) na kunan ng picture- bawal kasi ang camera, telepono sa loob para makunan lang ng picture yung screen kung ayaw talaga nila magbigay ng resibo. Mabilis lang naman ‘yun eh,” he said.

Instead of printing vote receipts, the poll body has decided to activate the onscreen verification system where a voter has 15 seconds to view his vote and verify if it was accurately read by the machine.

Marcos said it’s very clear in the law that voters should be issued vote receipts.

“Ang batas maliwanag na maliwanag, sinasabi na it is a confirmed printed record; may record ang bawat botante,” he said.

He added: “Sinasabi ng Comelec na masyadong matrabaho, masyadong matatagalan (‘pag nag-print ng receipts). Kaya sinasabi ko, sige kung ganun ang sitwasyon eh ‘yun na lang ang compromise, makunan (ng litrato) ang screen.”