The ballot for the 2016 Philippine elections have ‘Daang Matuwid’ next to the names of Mar Roxas and his running mate, Leni Robredo. Photos from abroad were shared on Facebook, as the overseas absentee voting (OAV) started this Saturday, April 9. However, some IT experts suggest that it could help the Roxas-Robredo tandem win.
According to Even Demata, his IT experts friends informed him that the LP slogan ‘Daang Matuwid’ printed on the ballot could be a code that the vote-counting machines (VCM) of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) will detect. Because of this, the machines will not able to read the marked circles on the ballots which the voters will mark.
Once this happens, the votes for Davao City Mayor Rody Duterte, Sen. Grace Poe, Sen. Miriam Santiago, and VP Jejomar Binay will be disregarded by the VCMs. Therefore, Mar Roxas is likely to be elected as the next president, and Leni Robredo as the vice president. But of course, it is a very clear cheating to win the elections.
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Almost at the same time, photos of ballots with the names of Mar Roxas and Leni Robredo being highlighted were also posted on Facebook. Peter Tiu Lavina, the social media campaign manager of Mayor Duterte, also posted on his Facebook some of the problems encountered by OFWs and Filipinos living abroad while casting their votes.
“We have been receiving reports from abroad, both encouraging and worrying: In Japan and in Kuwait, OFWs complained of highlighted names of Mar and Leni in the ballots; In London, names of OFWs were missing; In Singapore, our kababayans reported that there were no serial numbers in their voter receipts.” Lavina wrote.
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“In Hong Kong, we are on our way to a huge landslide. (Hmmm … I hope Abigail Valte can see my new cover photo!). In Jeddah, Deputy Mayor and my fellow Hugpong Federal Movement of the Philippines founder Randy Gapor Usman reports that only PDP has watchers and we are also headed towards a massive landslide win.” He added.
Meanwhile, Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez has already responded to the issue of the the ‘Daang Matuwid’ on the ballot and the highlighted ballots. According to him, all candidates were allowed to choose how their names would appear in the ballots. For the highlighted ballots, he said they could be sample ballots or a fake one.
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According to Comelec, there are 1,376,067 Filipinos outside the Philippines who have registered for the overseas absentee voting (OAV). They can vote until May 9, 2016, which is also the date of Philippine elections for national and local positions. As of posting, Mayor Rody Duterte is noted to be leading the unofficial election results for the OAV.