Poll watchdog urges voters to say 'no' to vote-buying


Posted at Mar 26 2019 11:47 PM

MANILA - A poll watchdog considers the implementation of the automated election system in the Philippines a success, saying it has reduced instances of vote-padding and vote-shaving operations.

Speaking to ANC's "Beyond Politics" Tuesday, Maribel Buenaobra of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) said the Commission on Elections has coordinated with various groups to understand the technology behind the voting machines.

She, however, believes that most election irregularities take place outside voting precincts.

"Once we had automated elections, there are creative ways vote-buying can happen outside the machine, and that's what we, as PPCRV, want voters to watch out for. Say no to vote-buying, vote-selling. Think about the future of your children when you cast your vote," she said.

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With less than two months to go before the Philippine May midterm polls, the PPCRV reminded voters to choose candidates who have integrity and are competent.

"We want to give voters and the youth a sense of space for them to be critical and make an analysis of what the issues are and to see whether a candidate has character, track record, katapatan sa bayan, so they will be able to discern among themselves," Buenaobra said.

The PPCRV said it is in need of 300,000 volunteers for the May polls.