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Ba’t nagkuripot? Lacson wants Senate probe on Comelec’s epic failures next week

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Senator Panfilo Lacson wants the Senate to investigate next week the glitches which marred the May 13 midterm elections amid concerns these affected the results.

In a statement Wednesday (May 15), Lacson said the congressional inquiry should happen when the Senate resumes session on May 20.

The senator said he has a host of issues to ask Comelec officials, such as the shift from a simultaneous transmission of results at the precinct level to a transparency server.

The change, Lacson said, resulted in the Comelec’s transparency server freezing for about seven hours, affecting the dissemination of partial and unofficial voting results to media organizations, political entities and watchdog groups.

The senator said he also wants to know who controls the transparency server and what its purpose was “except to act as a traffic controller.”

Lacson said he plans to ask Comelec officials why they procured low quality SD cards, which led to glitches in some of the vote counting machines on election day.

Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, who chairs the The Joint Congressional Oversight Committee on the Automated Election System (JCOC-AES), said the investigation on the conduct of the midterm polls is scheduled on June 4.

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