The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Wednesday said it would continue preparations for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections in May despite fresh allegations that the electronic voting system was “compromised” in 2016. In a press conference, Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said the poll body would push through with printing 18 million ballots for the village elections toward the end of the month or before the Holy Week. This despite new allegations of fraud that Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III bared on Tuesday, saying the 2016 elections may have been compromised.
He cited evidence from a “concerned and impeccably reliable” source who said that there was an early transmission of votes and foreign access to election servers used during the automated national polls.
Several proposals are also pending at the House of Representatives seeking another postponement of the village polls.