Before the partial and almost-final results came out, there were a lot of things wrong about yesterday’s voting. As of writing, the hashtag #HalalanDayaan2019 is at the top of Twitter’s trending topics. For very good reason as well because we have A LOT of questions about what the hell happened.
In case you missed all the shady stuff from yesterday, we’re keeping you up to date right now:
Voters didn’t receive receipts
There are several voters who questioned why they weren’t given receipts, or that they had to surrender them to the pollers at the precinct. Some say this is to ensure that vote buying doesn’t happen, but it’s a valid question. Citizens should be able to have a copy of who they voted for—or at least ask for one in case there are discrepancies (more on this later).
As one netizen noted, “The voting system has NO control and accountability measures… ALL YOU HAVE IS F*CKING INDELIBLE INK!”
The voting system has NO control and accountability measures!
WALANG CONTROL NUMBER YUNG BALLOTS! ONLY ONE COPY OF THE RECEIPT AT ISUSURRENDER PA?
LITERALLY WALA KANG PINANGHAHAWAKAN NA NABILANG BOTO MO, NA ITO MGA BINOTO MO, & BUMOTO KA.
ALL YOU HAVE IS FUCKING INDELIBLE INK!
— Biankicks (@fillintheBIANCX) May 13, 2019
“I didn’t vote for…”
This is why it’s important to get copies of receipts and why you should check before leaving the precinct. Several citizens complained that their receipts showed names they didn’t vote for.
— Solenn Heussaff (@solennheussaff) May 13, 2019
Must read. pic.twitter.com/IbaDaklGRD
— J.O.A.N (@LoveMeChimChim) May 13, 2019
Many claimed that Bong Go would automatically appear on their ballots. A friend of mine, who voted in a Makati precinct, said pollers inserted a blank ballot in a VRVM and it automatically printed Go’s name.
whom he did not vote for. He complained & the ballot was invalidated & he was given another to fill up. This time the names on the receipt came out correct. I shared this with Nancy & it happened to her friend, this time the name of Bong Go was the one included in her receipt!!!
— isola_ (@isolaNa_747) May 13, 2019
Yo be sure to check you’re voting receipts. A friend under-voted for senators and when he checked the receipt it says he shaded in for Bong Go 😐
— Carlos (@OuchChahlee) May 13, 2019
I voted 12 (Otso Diretso + Colmenares, De Guzman, Osmeña and Binay) just to make sure Bong Go doesn't appear on the receipt. And it did.
— γ (@dlorentzfactor) May 13, 2019
What’s worse is that this allegedly happened during a mock voting a few days before. Actor Bart Guingona said a volunteer brought this up and the person in charge “simply said that it’ll be noted in the minutes.”
Frm a frnd: A volunteer from Pasay joined a mock voting yesterday. He only shaded 8 but lo n behold, Bong Go’s name ws in d receipt. He called d attention of the one in charge who simply said that it’ll be noted in the Minutes….pls fill up all 12 slots to prevent this “magic”.
— Bart Guingona (@guingonabart) May 11, 2019
Lo and behold, it still happened and several voters were disappointed because they couldn’t do anything about it. This is equally alarming since these machines are said to be more “enhanced.”
Pre-shaded sample ballots???
JSYK, it’s illegal to distribute sample ballots with pre-shaded names on election day because this is still a form of campaigning. But citizens still spotted those who broke the rules and some of these ballots were confiscated.
Campaign materials and pre-shaded sample ballots being distributed right outside polling places Ususan Elementary School and R. Papa High School along M. Almeda and N.P. Cruz streets in Barangay Ususan, Taguig. #Halalan2019 pic.twitter.com/yeJMktmqOm
— Ice E 🇵🇭 (@sleepy_nezumi) May 12, 2019
Confiscated these pre-shaded sample ballots being distributed at my precinct. Bong Go, Cayetano, Dela Rosa, Marcos,…
This Duterte endorsement ad
Since we’re on the topic of campaign ads, I have a question: Why did I see a YouTube ad of Sara Duterte endorsing Duterte Youth Party-List on election day? Isn’t this supposed to be taken down already?
If you don’t believe me, here’s a screenshot of it with a calendar date:
Angel Locsin and several netizens called out police who were giving out tabloids with black propaganda and red-tagging. These were mostly directed at Neri Colmenares, Kabataan Party-List, and other Makabayan party-lists. Even the PNP violated the law. Ugh.
bakit grabe yung effort pra makasira? wala bang maibato kay @ColmenaresPH kaya kinakalat na komunista o NPA sya? dahil ba gumagawa sya ng paraan para sa kapakanan ng ordinaryong tao at hindi sa ikabubuti ng mga mapagsamantalang tao? Mag isip sana tayo https://t.co/yAoG4fIbSh
— Angel Locsin (@143redangel) May 13, 2019
— Anakbayan (@anakbayan_ph) May 13, 2019
The Comelec promised us “enhanced” machines, but these were also the source of problems during the elections.
I waited in line for 4 hours just to leave my ballot with the BEIs since the VCM wasn't working thus I failed to see my vote receipt. This is so disappointing. 3 years to prepare for this. #Elections2019
— JourneyOfAMillenial (@of_millenial) May 13, 2019
There were several pollers that told voters to leave their ballots and they’ll count them once the machines work again. Many just opted to return later or wait for hours so they can personally cast their votes.
Voters – go to COMELEC website and check the results of your clustered precincts. You can do your own canvassing, too. Our clustered precincts lost 40% of our voters vs 28% from the adjacent one. More than 10% might be those who did not return due to malfunctioning VCM.
— Rom (@rom) May 13, 2019
VCM in our cluster did not work for good 30 minutes. Had to stand in line for nearly 4 hours before me and my mom got to cast out votes. Shameless politicians from other cities didn't have to line up, all for media coverage?! Do we really want those kinds of people in the gov't?
— Navy (h) (@lemoonsito) May 13, 2019
And they will ask people to cast their vote and leave it with the officials. Or you will wait long hours for the VCM to be fixed.
— Karmina Loudette (@karminaloudette) May 13, 2019
Last night, the unofficial tallies shown by the media were delayed due to Comelec server problems. According to spokesman James Jimenez, “The problem is there is an application that pushes data from the transparency server to media outlets. They tried to restart but that did not resolve the problem.”
This caused the flow of results to stop at 0.4 percent at 6:15 p.m. The transparency server was able to transmit updated data at around 1:19 a.m. That’s seven hours and the Comelec still can’t admit what really went wrong, leaving many to believe that a rig happened within that time.
As of 9:46 a.m. today, over 90 percent of Election Returns have already been processed. With the problems we cited below, it’s only fair for citizens to be angry and demand answers from the Comelec. We understand that results are close to being final, but we’re still hoping for fair results because several of us are suspicious AF right now.
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