Supreme Court (SC) decided in favor of Former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s request for a vote recount in three pilot provinces namely Iloilo, Camarines Sur, and Negros Oriental which the former senator surmised to contain more than a million undervotes.
“It is clear that the justices are interested to proceed with the revision and counting of votes. They want a speedy resolution to finally know the real results of the election,” Marcos said.
“The SC has made an anticipatory move for revision. They even showed the gym where the revisions will be held. The tribunal is ready for the main event where we will argue on issues,” he added.
Marcos was compelled to request for a vote recount on the grounds of an alleged electoral fraud where Vice President Leni Robredo won him over by as little as more than 260,000 votes.
The former senator was determined to pursue the case. He had paid an initial Php 36 million for the cost of the recount, and another Php 30 million for the remaining bond which he admits necessitated him to sell one of his properties.
Atty. George Garcia from the Marcos camp detailed how the SC intends to go over the discussions of the vote recount.
“We are given five days to submit in writing our position on issues raised. Then the SC will rule on the issues maybe until next week. By mid-August we expect the collection of ballots from the three provinces and revision will start in September,” Garcia said.
The ballot boxes will be kept and recounted in the gymnasium of the SC and Court of Appeals in Manila.
The areas determined as neding vote recounts are Cebu, Leyte, Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, Masbate, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Del Norte, Bukidnon, Iloilo Province, Bohol, Quezon, Batangas, Western Samar, Misamis Oriental, Camarines Sur, Palawan, Albay, Zamboanga Sibugay, Misamis Occidental, Pangasinan and Isabela; Iloilo City, Bacolod City, Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu City and Zamboanga City and the 2nd District of Northern Samar.
An undervote is determined when voters input a number of choices that are less than the minimum required.
Source: Manila Times
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