Why is it important to issue voter's receipts?


Posted at Mar 18 2016 03:08 AM | Updated as of Mar 19 2016 03:41 AM

MANILA - Political analysts expressed their opinions on why it is essential for the Commission on Elections (Comelec) should issue voter's receipts, despite difficulties they are experiencing.

According to Professor Prospero de Vera, it would be better for Comelec to look for a technological solution to their problem of issuing receipts, instead of trying to convince the Supreme Court to retract its decision

"If it's a technology problem, there should be a technology solution. Not a legal solution to move the election by one month. If it's a question of difficulty of printing receipts, then there should be a technology solution to do it," he said on ANC's "#NoFilter".

"What I can understand also, remember when you go to the lotto, when you put the numbers, a receipt comes out. It is the same. To me, it is the same technology type situation for voting," De Vera added.

De Vera further explained that Comelec should present the Supreme Court with an alternative instead of filing a motion for reconsideration.

"I think it would have been better for the Comelec to propose an alternative way of doing it and go to the Supreme Court and say, 'Is my revised proposal compliant with the intention of the law?' Maybe that would have been a better tack, not asking the Supreme Court to turn around on their decision, but saying, they're having problems, 'This is our revised solution. Is this acceptable to implement the law?'," he said.

Teddy Locsin Jr., for his part, believes there is no basis to the assumption that voters will use the receipt to sell their votes.

"What I really resent was the suggestion, especially one made by the PPCRV (Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting), that if you give a Filipino a receipt, he will turn around and sell his vote. Come on. Maybe the commissioners are like that, but not us Filipinos. By and large, Filipinos are honest."