Monday, August 13, 2007

Open Source reveals cheating in the elections

The Halal report noted that 198,912 of Maguindanao’s 212,795 regis­tered voters turned out to vote, making for a voter turnout of 93.5 percent, the highest in the country.

”In the six towns of Datu Anggal, Midtimbang, Paglat, Ampatuan, Pagalungan, South Upi and Sultan sa Barongis the ballot fill up rate was higher than 12, which is statistically impossible,” the Halal report said in reference to the number of senatorial candidates each voter in the country could vote for last May 14 election.

It said that this meant that some ballots in Maguindanao contained more than 12 senatorial candidates voted for.

The report said 18 of 37 senatorial candidates—GO candidates Aquino, Cayetano, Coseteng, Lacson, Osmeña, Roco, all KBL and Kapatiran candidates, and independent candidates Gomez and Cantal—received zero votes in each of Maguindanao’s 22 municipalities.

”Trillanes got zero in 21 of 22 municipalities,” the Halal report said.

Verzola said Halal had applied last March with the Comelec for accreditation as a citizens poll watch body, but the Comelec did not act on its petition before May 14.

Verzola said Halal received the Comelec’s written letter rejecting their application only last mid-July.

Inspite the rejection, Verzola said Halal decided to push through with its monitoring of the May 14 election results.

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