Senator Nancy Binay stated Wednesday Venezuelan tech agency Smartmatic should be suspended from collaborating in upcoming elections until controversies had been “resolved with finality.”
Binay made the decision following the prison indictment of Comelec and Smartmatic officers for his or her unauthorized script change in the transparency server on the top of the transmission of votes in the course of the May 2016 polls.
There have been a number of allegations that the elections had been rigged to favor sure candidates.
Comelec earlier defined that the stated script was a mere “cosmetic change” which corrected the looks of the letter “ñ” in candidates’ names as query marks.
She stated that suspending Smartmatic would additionally make sure the integrity of the electoral course of and on the identical time take away doubts on the reliability of the system.
“There are a lot of issues being raised against Smartmatic even in the 2010 and 2013 elections and so in the spirit of accountability and transparency, Smartmatic should be suspended and not allowed to participate in the forthcoming elections in 2019 or until the cases being raised against the company are resolved with finality,” Binay stated in an announcement.
“It’s our right to suffrage that is at stake here and Smartmatic has been the service provider since 2010 and until now issues are being raised and filed against it. Prudence dictates that we should not allow Smartmatic to tinker with our elections until all issues against it are resolved,” she added.