With barely three months to go before Election Day, the people are left to pursue all courses of actions necessary to: a) assert the rule of law, b) ensure that the elections push through, c) the voters’ right are not violated, d) teachers’ duties and rights as BEIs are protected, and e) the integrity of the vote through automation is maintained.
Meantime, the Comelec must allow stakeholders, especially political parties and election watchdogs equal access to the following MINIMUM information during election day:
• Printed precinct audit logs
• Printed MBOC (municipal board of canvassing) audit logs
• Continuing public website (as provided for in the law) where the canvassed votes in the
national server should be posted
• Random Manual Audit immediately after elections conducted by a competent group
• Electronic Transmission Results
What can we as citizens, voters, and election watch groups do for the May 2013 automated elections and for our country?
The right to suffrage is the people’s sovereign right to elect officials upon whom they confer the authority to serve the public responsibly, transparently, with accountability, and on a full-time basis. For this reason, it is imperative that the electoral process is credible, trustworthy, reliable, and accurate in serving as the instrument of the people’s will. We have to demand from Comelec, our election manager, full accountability and transparency.