DOJ-Comelec panel start probe on alleged 2004 poll fraud

October 12, 2011 9:57 pm 

MANILA, Oct. 12 — The preliminary investigation of the Department of Justice-Commission on Elections (DOJ-Comelec) panel on the alleged electoral fraud committed during the 2004 presidential and 2007 senatorial elections will start next week.

DOJ Secretary Leila De Lima said on Wednesday it is expected that the fact-finding team will then submit its report and recommendation which will pave the way for the start of the formal investigation.

De Lima expressed hope that the joint panel will be able to achieve the target of the Comelec and the DOJ to have the result of the investigation before Christmas.

However, the DOJ chief refused to comment on whoever would be charged with criminal complaint as she would not like to preempt the work of the joint panel.

Likewise, De Lima also did not give any names of those who will be summoned by the joint panel with the start of the investigation. (PNA)

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