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Monday, 05 July 2010 18:53
The Filipino people certainly do not want "digital" officials who have been proclaimed under a heavy cloud of conviction that the election was fraught with fraud. That cloud applies to all proclaimed officials. Why did legislators rush the proclamation when there are two major legal issues involved in the process? The first was the fact that the Constitution requires that the joint session of Congress be the authorized body to canvass the votes? In the absence of a quorum, legislators delegated to a committee the canvassing process. How can they delegate the authority in the absence of a quorum? The second issue relates to the fact that the canvassing was based on questionable copies of the Certificates of Canvassing. The law stipulates that canvassing should be based on the electronic returns. Foreign observers had actual direct exposure to fraud involving changes in the outcome of the elections for certain officials. Since the entire AES had no controls whatsoever to ensure the integrity of the process, the Filipino people is left with a the option of accepting results based on blind faith. The Filipino people should agitate for a thorough audit and remedial steps to strengthen the electoral process. Blindly accepting the election results would mark the perpetuation of "digital democracy". That would be worse than despotic dictatorship. AG
 

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