How to prevent rigging of the 2022 survey results? Diokno Knows a Way – Manila Bulletin
Human rights lawyer Chel Diokno said the opposition must secure “overwhelming” votes from the electorate to thwart any attempt to rig the results of next year’s national elections.
“The more damning the vote, the harder it will be to cheat,” said Diokno, who is running for a Senate seat after his failure in 2019, said in a recent online public meeting with multi-sector leaders based in Negros.
He made the statement amid concerns about upcoming vacancies in the Electoral Commission (Comelec) just ahead of the May 2022 elections.
President Duterte is expected to appoint a new president and two commissioners at the polling station by February next year.
There is also a vacant seat on the seven-member committee, which Duterte can fill as soon as possible.
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Diokno said every vote will count and make a difference for a particular candidate in the current scenario where many bets are vying for the presidency.
“I don’t think they will be able to change the outcome of an election,” Diokno said, but raised the possibility that some forms of cheating could be committed in a close fight between candidates.
Based on his discussion with some information technology (IT) experts, Diokno noted that it would be difficult to manipulate automated elections, but it is possible that it can be done in some areas.
Diokno runs under the Katipunan ng Nagkakaisang Pilipino, but is officially under the ticket of presidential aspiring vice-president Leni Robredo.
Former Comelec commissioner Christian Monsod is pushing for “public control” of the new Comelec commissioners because they will constitute the majority of the members of the electoral body.
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Comelec president Sheriff Abas will retire in February 2022, along with Commissioners Rowena Guanzon and Antonio Kho, Jr. The president will have to appoint another commissioner because Michael Peloton failed to get the green light from the Appointments Commission (CA).
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