SC asked to stop Comelec's random manual audit of May 10 polls

May 24, 2010 8:06 pm 

MANILA, May 24 – The "Ang Kapatiran Party" on Monday filed a petition before the Supreme Court (SC) seeking to stop the random manual audit being conducted by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in connection with the recently-concluded automated synchronized elections.

Out of the more than 76,000 polling precincts, the Comelec has chosen some 1,000 precincts wherein the random manual audit would have been conducted after the voting period ended at 7 p.m. of May 10, 2010.

In a nine-page petition filed by the "Ang Kapatiran Party" through its losing presidental candidate JC delos Reyes, it asked the SC to issue a temporary restraining order (TRO) to prevent the Comelec from conducting its random manual audit of the May 10, 2010 automated national and local elections.

The petitioner argued that the Comelec did not abide by its own Resolution No. 8837 mandating the conduct of a random manual audit right after the May 10 elections.

Two weeks have already passed, the petitioner said, but there are still polling precincts that have not yet completed their random manual audit.

The petitioner would like that the random manual audit should be temporarily stopped and instead replace the selected polling precincts in order to prevent any doubts as to whether the ballots in the said precincts were being tampered with. (PNA)

DCT/PTR

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