MANILA -- As the time of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to prepare fot the 2016 runs out, is it possible to have a credible elections?
Atty. Rudyard Avilla III, an election law expert, expressed fears that chances of having a credible elections in 2016 are now getting slimmer, in light of recent events.
“The chances of holding credible elections are getting slimmer by the day, and things are getting dimmer,” Avila told dzMM.
This, after the Supreme Court nullified the P268- million contract between the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and election service provider Smartmatic-TIM.
“Napakaliit ng window natin eh, two weeks siguro, even less than a month. All of these should have been done yesterday. So if you want credible elections,thing should have been moving now,” Avila said.
Aside from the SC’s move against Comelec’s contract with Smartmatic, Avila cited Comelec’s lack of a new chairman as another hurdle for the poll body.
These events fuel the possibility of not having an election by next year, or going back to manual elections, Avila said.
For Avila, these problems can affect Aquino’s legacy.
“If he claims his legacy is the economic upturn, that might be reversed if we don’t have credible elections because the credibility of the elections is a very important factor,” he added.
To avoid this problem, Avila advised the Comelec to prove that its contract with Smartmatic is valid.
“There are still things Comelec can do right away para ma-avert yung situasyon na sinasabi na no-el, although I think that’s an impossibility. Dapat iprove mo na proprietary yan on the side of Smartmatic, at sa kanila mo lang makukuha ‘yan,” he said.
He also said Comelec just needs to comply to the conditions set by the SC.
“Try to comply with the conditions required, try to prove it if you have evidence,” Avila added.
(By Rose Carmelle Lacuata, ABS-CBNnews.com)