Voters’ receipts are election documents that are required to be part of the documents inside ballot boxes. And Revisors of the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) revealed today that several boxes from Balatan town in Camarines Sur did not have receipts.
According to the PET revisors who requested not to be named due to the confidentiality of the issue, the absence of the voters’ receipts “could mean that the votes cast by the voters are not the results transmitted by the vote counting machines” (VCMs).
“Their absence in some of the ballot boxes is an indication that they were removed or really not included because the votes there will not tally with the machine count,”
Also according to the PET revisors, the fact that they did not include the votes’ receipts inside the ballot boxes is a clear violation of the PET’s directive for the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to include the voters’ receipts in the ballot boxes for turnover to the tribunal.
A gag order was issued by PET, so comments from the two camps cannot be attained yet.
Today marks the second week of the manual recount and revision of the ballots that came from three provinces that were identified by former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos when he filed an election protest against Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo.
Marcos protested the results in 132,446 precincts in 27 provinces and cities. He identified the provinces of Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental with 1,400 ballot boxes in 5,418 clustered precincts for the initial phase of recount and revision.
Source: Manilla Bulletin