December 25th, 2010
By JACK C. GADAINGAN
December 24, 2010, 4:12pm
TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines – “Facts were interpreted to serve their purpose,” Commission on Elections (Comelec) Regional Director Jose Nick Mendros said in appreciation of the so-called “A Case Study: Biliran Province, Proving into a Possible Automated Cheating” conducted by a self-acclaimed election watchdog People Empowerment in Good Governance (CenPEG) making allegations of finding glaring signs of fraud during the May 10, 2010 voting on the island province of Biliran.
The problem, Mendros said, is our attitude not to respect the democratic system, when we lose we claim to be cheated, and not accepting that the people – or majority of them don’t like us anymore.
When you lost you lost, and should not throw dirt to the system just to make it appear you were cheated, he said.
Mendros stated the Comelec wasn’t furnished by the so-called study of the CenPEG, and wonders why Biliran was the subject when it was not the only province that used the PCOS machines during the recent pools.
He, however, said that in the whole Region 8, it is only the Biliran losing candidates that are noisy.
“My point is that if there was massive fraud, why did they had a little margin of difference,” Mendros said.
On the allegation that members of the board of election inspectors (BEI) had falsified the computerized voter’s list and voter’s registration record in Caibiran town, Mendros said the BEI cannot falsify them because they are given to teachers only on election day.
More so the voters’ registration records can not falsified as they are very thick and sealed signed by ERB and are originally placed in a sealed book, and only opened on election.
On the extension of voting, which allegedly paved the way for more irregularities, he said the Comelec had a resolution extending the voting up to 7 p.m.
The study of the CenPeg that there was voting even without the CF cards: he said yes this was done and again it is not an irregularity, because when the CF cards are defective instruction was to go on with the voting but not to feed the ballots in the PCOS machine but to place them in the ballot box, so that when the CF cards arrive–that is the time to feed them (ballots) to the PCOS machine.
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