The Supreme Court of the Philippines (SCOTP) en banc on Thursday affirmed with finality its earlier ruling ordering the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to activate the printing of the voter receipt on the May 9 synchronized automated national elections. The justices voted 12-0.
The ruling was made after the conduct on Thursday morning of the oral arguments on the motion for reconsideration of the Comelec appealing the high court’s ruling requiring the printing of the voters receipt in compliance with the minimum capabilities set forth under Republic Act No. 9369, or the “Automated Elections Systems Law”.
Senior Associate Justice Antonio T. Carpio was on leave while Associate Justices Lucas P. Bersamin and Diosdado M. Peralta took no part in the voting.
Last March 8, the SCOTP ordered the Comelec to enable the vote verification feature of the vote counting machines (VCMs) to be used in the May 9 elections.
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