Panelo: 2019 elections credible despite glitches

Salvador Panelo

MALACAÑANG yesterday said it finds the 2019 midterm elections credible despite the glitches that marred the voting process and electronic transmission of results.

“I think so, yes, definitely,” said Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.

Panelo said only a small percentage of the thousands of vote counting machines had encountered problems in Monday’s vote.

The Palace official added the delay in the transmission of results from precincts to the Commission on Elections’ transparency server, where media entities source data for the quick count, should not be a cause of concern.

“If there are three receivers from one source, umakto doon sa dalawa, oh it doesn’t matter kung ma-delay ito. Kasi kung delay lang, but the same number of votes pa rin, anong problema doon. It would be different kung ma-delay mo iyong tatlo ng matagal, sabay-sabay. Oh ibig sabihin walang nakaka-alam ano ba ang nangyayari, iyan ang may problema,” said Panelo.

The Palace earlier backed a legislative inquiry into the glitches. The joint congressional oversight committee on the automated elections system will hold a hearing on June 4.

The Comelec had considered the midterm polls a success as Senate President Vicente Sotto III advised those who doubt the credibility of elections to show proof.