SC directs Comelec, Marcos to comment on shading threshold on VP vote recount


Posted at Apr 24 2018 03:57 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo and former Senator Bongbong Marcos. Composite

MANILA - The Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), on Tuesday ordered the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and former senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. to comment on a plea concerning the ballot shading threshold in connection with the 2016 vice presidential race vote recount.

This after Vice President Leni Robredo filed a motion for reconsideration before the PET to recognize a 25-percent shading threshold for the manual vote recount. 

Her camp is contending that ovals at least one-fourth shaded be counted. 

In a press briefing on Tuesday, Supreme Court Spokesperson Theodore Te said the Comelec and Marcos are directed to comment within 10 days from receipt of the notice.

Robredo had said she wanted the PET to give her a fair fight in the recount by using the same standards of the Comelec in counting votes during the 2016 polls. 

The PET earlier said it was not aware of any Comelec resolution that mandates the use of threshold standards claimed by Robredo.

The manual vote recount in connection with the poll protest filed by losing vice presidential candidate Marcos started on April 2. 

Marcos had claimed "massive cheating" caused him to lose to Robredo in the 2016 vice-presidential race by some 260,000 votes, the closest in recent history.