Missing names, vote-buying reported on Election Day
MANILA - Missing names, ballot snatching, fires and campaigning on Election Day are just some of the incidents being reported during the conduct of the nationwide barangay elections on Monday.
Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting chairwoman Henrietta de Villa said she is bothered by reports that some voters cannot find their names in the Commission on Elections (Comelec) list of voters.
She said she talked to Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez who confirmed that "sometimes, the posted computerized list does not jibe with the Election Day computerized voters' list (ED-CVL)."
"I said this is a cocnern that you should look into especially for 2016 because this is going to disenfranchise a lot of voters and not through their fault," she told ANC's Headstart.
She noted that the conflict in the lists of voters is coming out just after the May 2013 elections.
For his part, Comelec Commissioner Luie Guia said voters whose names appear in the posted computerized list outside the classrooms but are not in the ED-CVL should be given the benefit of the doubt and allowed to vote.
He said the poll body will study the discrepancies.
De Villa also noted that she has received reports of candidates "pulling all kinds of tricks" such as going inside the precincts at will to check on the votes
She said at least one PPCRV volunteer was punched by a barangay chairman in Maguindanao after the latter refused to leave a polling precinct.
She also said she is saddened by reports that violence in the barangay polls has increased this year. "Vote-buying and vote-selling is by barangay na talaga. Nakakalungkot," she said.
Comelec earlier said it has monitored an incident of ballot snatching in Barangay San Antonio in Catubig, Northern Samar.
Fire also hit a school in Manila but failed to stop barangay elections there.
PNP spokesperson Sr. Supt. Reuben Theodore Sindac told radio dzMM that as of 11 p.m. Sunday, the eve of the elections, 64 incidents of election-related violence have occurred.
At least 22 fatalities were killed in the politically motivated violent incidents.
Meanwhile, Sindac said 593 have been arrested for violating the gun ban as of Sunday evening.