It’s impossible to cheat the results of this year’s elections — Comelec

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IT would be difficult to prove that there was cheating in the automated system for the May 9 polls.

According to Comelec Commissioner Marlon Casquejo, the components, hardware and software of the automated election system (AES) underwent close scrutiny, and the local source code review underwent certification of other countries so it would be close to impossible to choose which particular candidate will win or lose.

This was the response of Casquejo to comments that spread through social media that there was doubt on the consistent 47-percent lead of presidentiable Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. against Vice President Leni Robredo based on partial unofficial results from the transparency server.

However, there are also ways to check if indeed there were irregularities in the vote-counting process.

Casquejo said the election returns can be checked for discrepancies or difference in the results of the votes.

He adds that the election returns will reveal who is leading in every province once it is transmitted to Congress for the counting of votes for the Presidential and Vice Presidential race.

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