Comelec urged to probe overseas voting anomaly


MANILA - Senatorial candidate Martin Romualdez has asked the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to look into reports that votes for certain candidates were not accurately reflected on the ballot receipts at the ongoing overseas voting (OV) in the Middle East and United States.

The Leyte representative demanded for the Comelec and technology provider Smartmatic to explain reports that some votes made in his favor were allegedly credited to another senatorial aspirant, Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares.

"We should address this soon because it might happen again in the absentee voting in other countries and during the May 9 elections in many parts of the country," Romualdez said.

Romualdez cited a complaint by overseas voter, Andreas Amba, who claimed that he voted for Romualdez but his ballot receipt showed the vote was credited to Colmenares.

The Comelec earlier debunked one reported incident of discrepancy between ballot and receipt.

In his Twitter page, TV anchor Teddy Boy Locsin, posted last April 26: "In the US, a voter showed his receipt. It showed Mar-Leni. He complained he voted Duterte-Marcos. Receipt torn, thrown in his face."

Comelec Commissioner Arthur Lim said the poll body has looked into the story that Special Board of Election Inspectors (SBEI) in the US tore up voter's receipt after complaining of discrepancy.

"We verified with the post, not true," Lim said.

The overseas voting for 1.36 million migrant voters will run in Philippine embassies, consulates and other posts until May 9.

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