Former COMELEC Lawyer Reveals Why the 25% Percent Shading Threshold is NOT Acceptable

Veteran lawyer and former employee of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Atty. Melchor Magdamo revealed the main reasons why the 25% voting or shading threshold is not rightfully acceptable because it favors the camp of VP Leni Robredo as what netizens said it will only favor the cheaters.


According to Atty. Melchor Magdamo, when he was in the Comelec, the minimum shading must never go below 50% because ordinary paper discoloration without ink in shade can already cause around 10% to 20% "white noise" which may bloat to around 25% if humidity enters the papers.



The veteran lawyer noted that there is a big risk that the machine may count natural paper discoloration as "vote" if the threshold is 25%. Atty. Magdamo was quoted as saying "Why adjust the 50% down to 25% without informing the people and why only after elections during a protest?" the lawyer asked.

Atty. Magdamo revealed that the COMELEC spent extra effort to convince the popular dance group to sing and dance the jingle "May Itlog na Hugis Itlog" so that votrs will shade 100%. The lawyer stated that he personally supervised the project and that's the reasoon why he was frequently in the Timog area during those times.

The former COMELEC lawyer reiteratd that going down to 25% is a crazy policy especially in humid countries like the Philippines but there is still a chance because the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) decision to only allow the 50% voting threshold should always prevail over a mere opinion of the Comelec.



Here's the Complete Statement of Atty. Melchor Magdamo:

From Atty. Melchor Magdamo:

When I was in the Comelec, the minimum shading must never go below 50% because ordinary paper discoloration without ink shade can already cause around 10% to 20% "white noise" which may bloat to 25% if humidity enters the paper.

That means there is a big risk that the machine may count natural paper discoloration as "vote" if the threshold is 25%. Moreover, why adjust the 50% down to 25% without informing the people and why only after elections during a protest?

Remember Comelec & GMA Network spent extra effort to convince the Sex Bomb Dancers to sing and dance the jingle "may itlog na hugis bilog" so that voters will shade 100%. I personally supervised that Sex Bomb project, that's why I was frequently in the Timog area during those times.

Anyway, going down to 25% is a crazy policy especially in humid countries like the Philippines. The Presidential Electoral Tribunal on 50% prevails over a mere opinion of the Comelec.

Source: Sir Abe Purugganan FB Page

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