Imee bats for new poll watchdog with technical knowledge of automated election

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To ensure clean and honest 2019 midterm elections, Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos is calling for the creation of a new independent poll watchdog whose members have proven technical expertise in the use of automated election system.

Marcos said the presence of technical experts in every polling precinct would help guarantee the integrity of the election and avoid a repeat of vote rigging and fraud that marred the 2016 automated polls.

“The new election watchdog should not only be keen on guarding forms of electoral fraud that we are all aware of even before we shifted to automated elections, but it must also have the technical expertise so we can be assured that the upcoming elections are free and fair,” Marcos said.

Marcos is running for senator under the Nacionalista Party.

She is urging the Commission on Elections to accredit a new election watchdog that is “non-partisan and has technical knowledge about automated elections.”

Having technical experts as watchdogs is an added guarantee that the votes are counted correctly and included in the election tally at the polling precint level, Marcos pointed out.

“Technical experts of the new election watchdog can easily determine and point out anomalies in the use of counting machines, and right then and there the concerned parties can act accordingly and have the issue settled even while at the precinct level,” Marcos explained.

“Mas malakas kung mas maraming watchdog dahil marami ang magbabantay at tututok sa sinoman na nagpaplanong mandaya sa eleksyon,” Marcos added.

Marcos cited the case of his brother, former senator Bongbong Marcos, whose electoral protest against Vice President Leni Robredo is still being heard at Presidential Electoral Tribunal almost three years after the last polls.

Bongbong is questioning the victory of Robredo in the 2016 elections, which he claimed were rigged to favor her.