Election protest should be filed in court – Comelec

By May 15, 2022Inside News


THE provincial election supervisor of Pangasinan advised candidates who lost and plan to file election protests should do so in court but only 10 days after the proclamation of the winners.

When told of the API political party’s plan to file an election protest over alleged massive cheating, Comelec Supervisor Eric Oganiza, explained the process for filing a protest.

He said 10 days is the reglementary period of filing after which the complaint will no longer  be accepted by the court, and pointed out that the count for 10 days starts after the winning candidate has been proclaimed.

The camp of Gov. Amado Espino III has alleged in a press conference Tuesday that massive cheating happened in Pangasinan during the elections, as shown by the “unbelievable” margin of votes garnered by Fifth District Rep. and governor-elect Ramon Guico III over Espino.

Meanwhile, Oganiza said the proclamation of winners was faster than in this  year’s election.

He downplayed suspicions of irregularities owing to computer glitches in some SD cards and vote counting machines that caused delays during the elections like in Mapandan, yet these, however are isolated ones and they were also able to beat their deadline of submission.

“Overall, the transmission was okay as it was continued the following day that enabled these to be forwarded on time to the national board of canvassers” he said

Meanwhile, he reminded candidates that the filing of Statement of Contributions and Expenses (SOCE) is 30 days after the elections, a requirement stated in the candidates’ certificate of candidacy.

He also informed the local media that the task for the removal of campaign posters is already the responsibility of the local government units. (Eva Visperas)

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