- Days before the elections, Congress discovered an issue in the canvassing of votes
- According to Rep. Gonzales, the machines are unable to generate a Certificate of Canvas
- Comelec has been informed of the problem but has yet to make an official statement
According to ABS CBN, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) is still plagued with issues on its readiness for the May 9 elections. Adding to the growing list is the system that will be used by Congress for the canvassing of votes for the presidential and vice presidential elections.
House Majority Representative Neptali Gonzales II said to the media they discovered the machines for canvassing can’t generate the certificate of canvass which they use as basis of electoral winners and proclaiming the next President and Vice President of the country.
The issue was identified on May 2 when the system was being tested during a meeting regarding the canvassing of votes that is slated to begin on May 25.
“Well, I was informed by the secretary general of the House, SecGen Yap, [that the] canvass machines [that are in the] House that were supposed to [be used] for the presidential and vice-presidential canvass cannot generate [the] COC (certificate of canvass) [of] provincial and city,” Rep. Gonzales said.
He added: “[We are alarmed] because the machine can only generate a regional tabulation which is inconsistent with the provision of law.”
Gonzales then suggested to the Comelec to reprogram the machines. Otherwise, the Congress will be forced to revert to the manual method employed prior to the automated elections, he said, if the issue will not be resolved. Gonzales reassured though that despite not having a clear timeline they will be able to proclaim a President before June 30.
According to the House leader, the Comelec chief Andres Bautista have already been made aware of the issue. The Comelec has yet to release an official statement.