By JOAHNA LEI CASILAO | GMA News Online
Senator Imee Marcos on Saturday said that holding the 2022 elections for three days may lead to more election manipulation or vote-rigging.
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) previously said it is looking to conduct the elections for two to three days to minimize the number of voters flocking to voting precincts if the pandemic was still a threat during that time.
“Sabi niya willing siya kahit 3 araw mag trabaho ang Comelec, 3 araw na eleksyon pero syempre takot din tayo nun dahil pag long-playing mas maraming dayaan, nakakaniyerbos, pero to my mind we need to expore that,” Marcos said in a radio interview.
Despite this, Marcos said she was not worried over the May 9, 2022 polls.
“’Yung sinasabi ng Comelec seems quite practical ‘yung three days. Another probability… ipaghiwalay ang local sa national. Ibig sabihin kasi may local sa 2022, may local voting din,” Marcos said.
“Puwede rin ‘yun kasi ‘yung bilangan puwedeng local muna. Tignan natin. Honestly, I’m not worried with 2022,” she added.
House Deputy Majority Leader Mikey Arroyo on Thursday asked the Comelec if it was considering postponing the 2022 elections due to health and safety concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, the commission said it sees no need to postpone the elections even if the pandemic was not over by that time.
Meanwhile, Marikina City Representative Stella Quimbo filed a measure authorizing Comelec to allow senior citizens to vote by mail from their own homes amid the threat of COVID-19.
“Tapos kaya ba talaga na mail-in, pero sabi ng Philippine Postal [Corporation] kaya daw. Baka puwede ‘yun as option. Kung saan mas maayos naman pwede ‘yan kolektahin ng embassy kasi sa online lahat kabado," Marcos said.
"All these things we need to explore para sa akin go na go na ang eleksyon, pero hanap tayo paraan,” she added. — DVM, GMA News