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Comelec workers worry over non-review of source code

Dennis Carcamo - The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The absence of the review of the source code to be used in the precinct count optical scan machines in the May 13 national and local elections would likely result in the surge of election protests, the rank and file personnel of the Commission on Elections said on Thursday.

The Comelec Employees Union also fears that incidents of harassment and intimidation of poll workers and teachers serving as board of election inspectors would rise.

"Because a vital safeguard in the AES (automated election system) law is not complied with, we expect election protests to mount," the Comelec-EU said in a statement.

The group added that thousands of election officers and provincial election supervisors, who will be heading the City/Municipal and Provincial Boards of Canvassers (BOCs), will more likely be slapped with lawsuits from losing candidates and parties.

"Affected most in this sad state of affairs are the non-lawyer election officers...as they will be forced to defend themselves in court with funds drawn from their own pockets because there is no legal assistance provided to Comelec employees," the group said.

Besides legal hazards, Comelec employees said the poll body has turned down their appeal for a grant of hazard pay for poll duties.

"The likely deluge of election protests, lawsuits, intimidation and harassment – meanwhile – will further aggravate the already pitiful situation of the country’s election officers," the group said. 

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