#HalalanDayaan2019: Netizens raise concerns over perceived irregularities

MANILA, Philippines – As the whole country waits for the complete transmission of results, netizens are taking to social media to raise concerns over alleged cases of electoral fraud in different areas. 

It does not help that the 2019 midterm elections was fraught with transmission delays, technical glitches, and cases of election violations. 

A glitch that lasted 7 hours on Monday night caused the transparency server of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to stop sending results to media organizations, watchdogs, and political parties.

Comelec director Teopisto Elnas Jr explained that only the computer service generating the files for media and watchdog groups encountered technical problems. He said the transparency server continued to receive results from vote-counting machines across the country.

Poll watchdog group KontraDaya was critical of Comelec's claim that the 2019 midterm elections was generally successful. "The assertion of Comelec Spokesperson Jimenez that there is no problem with the transparency server – since the data of election results comes in their servers – shows Comelec's lack of commitment and responsibility to fulfill its mandate to the people," the group said in a statement. 

While this was happening, netizens closely watching their votes are posting on social media about supposed inconsistencies in the counting of ballotss. They pushed the hashtag #HalalanDayaan2019 into one of the Philippine trending topics as of 8:45 am on Tuesday. 

In Barangay San Jose, Mandalayung City, for example, a netizen claimed his and his family's votes for a senatorial candidate were unaccounted in the precinct's tally. 

Sure akong binoto ko at ng pamilya ko si Samira Gutoc pero bakit sa Brgy namin, naka blank siya? #Halalan2019 pic.twitter.com/KbfInYSctE — Mark Alba (@chaalba) May 13, 2019

In some areas, some netizens claimed that the ballot receipts didn't reflect how they voted. Many attributed perceived irregularities to the malfunctioning of many VCMs that happened early on Monday. In some areas, Comelec was quick to replace VCMs that encountered technical glitches. 

Reports are coming in, but this one is one of the most recurring. Nakagagalit! #VotePH2019 #KONTRADAYA #BotoKabataan pic.twitter.com/7SA9LNLsHi — Al Omaga (@AlfeOmaga) May 13, 2019 Heard from friends that their voting receipt reflected BongGo and BatoBato DelaRosa's name even though they didn't tick for those names. This is in Bicol and I hope this gets resolved. #Eleksyon2019 #Halalan2019 #PhVote — EM fajardo (@emfralippi) May 13, 2019 Guy in front of me didn’t vote for Bato Dela Rosa but ballot receipt showed that he voted for him. Any similar cases elsewhere? Tagging @rapplerdotcom @ABSCBNNews @gmanews @PhilstarNews @PPCRV_National Roxas District, Precinct 4737A —  (@thedoubleduke) May 13, 2019 something like this also happened on our area/precinct earlier  So kung may dayaan na naganap? hhmmm I do not know lang ha! What do you think? @COMELEC is it #HalalanDayaan2019 nga ba? pic.twitter.com/84VjyaNbcr — S H I E L A (@Sila_Mii) May 13, 2019 

Netizens also staged a "Twitter rally" to post personal pledges against the supposedly widespread cheating. "Tutol kami sa malawakang pandarayang nagaganap ngayong eleksyon! I am against the extensive electoral fraud that is happening during this elections)," the pledges read.  

Below is a collection of the tweets MovePH, Rappler's civic engagement arm, gathered as of 8 am: 

#Kontradaya posts - May14 - Curated tweets by MovePH

On Tuesday, May 14, group Youth Act Now is also organizing several mobilizations in the country to condemn the "cheating and attack against the people." 

– Rappler.com