most heartfelt thanks to all those who supported and voted for Kabataan Party-list. fourth day since Election Day and our work has just begun.
we have been receiving a barrage of reports and complaints of electoral fraud from our poll watchers and canvassers nationwide. here is an initial rundown of the cases we collated:
1.) Kabataan and other progressive party-lists not included in the Voter’s Secrecy Folders in some precincts in Palawan, Mindanao, Southern Tagalog.
2.) Kabataan votes being accredited to Anak Party-list. though immediately arrested by vigilant poll watchers in Manila and Batangas, we are yet to confirm if similar cases occured elsewhere.
3.) Kabataan and other progressive party-lists’ official poll watchers and canvassers barred from entering municipal and provincial canvassing centers.
4.) samples of dagdag-bawas (vote-shaving): 200 votes for Kabataan became a mere 14 votes during canvassing in Lavirez and Gamay towns in Northern Samar.
5.) wholesale electoral fraud in Election Returns and Summary of Votes. we have also documented cases of open and unlocked ballot boxes in Pasig and Taguig. and also officials in acts of replacing Summary of Votes with fake ones in one canvassing center in Caloocan. (photos and video footages later)
Kabataan’s post-2007 elections evaluation: dirty, disappointing, cause for youth disillusionment. carol p. araullo takes on elections as farce and as protest. independent think-tank IBON Foundation, meanwhile, explains why the problem with the Philippine electoral exercise actually goes much deeper than the usual electoral fraud and violence.