MANILA- The National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections on Friday advised the Commission on Elections (Comelec) not to use Smartmatic in the next elections subsequent to President Duterte’s recommendation. President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday requested Comelec to “dispose of Smartmatic” and “look for a new one that is free of fraud.” Namfrel said in a statement that the country’s elections need no involvement of such foreign company, such as Smartmatic.
National Citizen’s Movement for Free Elections seeks support of other groups in carrying out their poll duties after refusing accreditation from the Commission on Elections. Namfrel chair Gus Lagman noted the group vetoed on Comelec accreditation after the poll body rebuffed its request to gain access to key election data. Namfrel had also requested to monitor the conduct of elections and observe the random manual audit. “They didn’t explain why
Namfrel officials said on Tuesday said that their recent move to coming back to the Commission on Elections as its citizens’ arm sanction may not mean that the National Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel) began a boycott move against Comelec. Namfrel closed off on “loose talk”—allegedly being spread by certain camps in the south—of a possible failure of election or a civil war in case of serious disruptions in the