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Palace blames Comelec for 1 million overvotes in midterm polls: Nagkulang sa paalala

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By Prince Golez

Malacanang believes the Commission on Elections (Comelec) fell short of informing the voters they can only elect 12 senators this election.

This, after poll watchdog National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections said over 1 million votes for the senatorial race were invalidated due to overvoting.

“Kulang ang kampanya siguro nila,” said Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo in a media briefing Thursday.

Panelo urged the poll body to “do something” about the matter.

“Kasi biruin mo 1.1 milion hindi mo mabibiling, pag titingan mo ang mga differences dun sa mga kandidato malaking bagay, merong malalaglag, merong papasok,” according to him.

“Ang dapat pagaralan nila how the voter, kasi shinishade, pag sumorba hindi na babasahin ng… I think there should be a way na kahit sumobra, ang sobra wag mong basahin,” he added.

Panelo said voters should understand that only 12 seats in the Senate will be filled.

“There should be a way of determining na hanggang dose lang. Like for instance, siguro dapat nakalagay dun sa balota, ‘Hoy, labindalawa ang ang ilagay mo diyan’. Nakalagay lang choose 12. Walang nakalagay dun pag sumobra ka hindi namin bibilangin ang boto mo. Hindi lahat ng mga (voters) college graduates,” the official stressed.

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