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Comelec chair Abas: We stand by the credibility of May polls

GMA News Online logo GMA News Online 5/22/2019 Kaufman, Karl
a man holding a sign: Comelec Commissioner Shariff Abas answers questions from the media during a press briefing at the Commission on Elections office in Intramuros, Manila on Friday, October 12, 2018. Abas says the Comelec will have an en banc meeting to resolve problems that have arisen during the filing of COCs. Danny Pata © Danny Pata Comelec Commissioner Shariff Abas answers questions from the media during a press briefing at the Commission on Elections office in Intramuros, Manila on Friday, October 12, 2018. Abas says the Comelec will have an en banc meeting to resolve problems that have arisen during the filing of COCs. Danny Pata

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is standing by the credibility of the May 13 elections, Chairman Sheriff Abas said Wednesday, the day of the proclamation of winning senatorial candidates and party-list groups.

"We stand by the credibility of the election," Abas said during a press conference, amid issues like broken SD cards and marker pens, malfunctioning vote-counting machines, as well as vote-buying incidents.

While the canvassing of May 13 votes was ongoing, there were also calls urging the poll body to suspend the scrutiny of votes as there were allegations that the elections was marred with fraud.

Some groups also urged the Comelec to suspend the proclamation of winning national candidates, with the camp of Labor Win senatorial candidate Leody De Guzman claiming that poll body had hastened the proclamation of winning national candidates.

Comelec has denied the allegation.

According to Abas, the poll body will conduct a post-assessment about the issues encountered before, during and after the elections. —KBK, GMA News

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