Comelec told to disqualify vote-buying partylists

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Akbayan Partylist on Thursday urged the Commission on Elections to immediately take action on the disenfranchised votes in the 2019 election, and to disqualify vote-buying partylists.

“We condemn the vote-buying of some partylist groups in some regions and reports of disenfranchisement of Akbayan votes in several precincts. Several members raised the alarm on votes for Akbayan partylist that were not registered on the final tally,” the group said in a statement.

Akbayan will manifest before the Comelec and demand for the following:

1. Investigation and disqualification of partylists who have reportedly practiced vote-buying in some precincts.

2. Investigation of disenfranchised Akbayan votes in reported areas.

Also, Akbayan Senator Risa Hontiveros will call for an investigation on the data blackout from the transparency servers and other issues that undermine the elections.

“And this is not the first time in the country’s history where we have serious doubts about the probity of the election process.”

“It is for reasons of safeguarding the sacred voice of our people that we move forward with our protests.”

“We call on the public to remain vigilant amidst all efforts to keep progressive partylists and candidates away from congress,” the group said.

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