Akbayan urges Comelec to disqualify 'vote-buying' partylist groups

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Posted at May 15 2019 01:18 AM | Updated as of May 15 2019 01:19 AM

MANILA - Akbayan Partylist on Tuesday urged the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to disqualify alleged vote-buying partylist groups.

The partylist got 168,642 votes or 0.63 percent, below the 2 percent required to get a seat in the House of Representatives.

In a statement, Akbayan said it received reports of partylist groups that practiced vote-buying and that some votes for Akbayan were not registered on the final tally.

"We condemn the vote-buying of some partylist groups in some regions and reports of disenfranchisement of Akbayan votes in several precincts," it said.

It added that Akbayan Sen. Risa Hontiveros will call for an investigation into the delay of results from the transparency servers during Election Day.

The partylist, which has been elected in Congress for 21 consecutive years, vowed it "will not back down."

"Akbayan has always and will always be ready to accept the will of the Filipino people. We have learned from all our electoral outcomes since we pioneered the engagement of a truly platform-based party in the party list system.

"But we have also been witness to the corruption of that system by traditional patronage and dynastic politics. And this is not the first time in the country's history where we have serious doubts about the probity of the election process."