MANILA — Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda on Wednesday said that the 2016 general elections should push through.
“We are very certain that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) is very aware of its mandated role of making sure that elections happen in 2016,” Lacierda said
He added that the process is “constitutionally mandated and everybody should comply with the Constitution.”
Lacierda also said that Malacanang will leave plans on making it possible to the Commission on Elections.
“As to how they will do it in the light of the Supreme Court decision, we will defer to them.”
“As to whether it’s manual or automated … As to how they will handle 2016, again, we are not in a position to say. Being an independent constitutional commission, we will defer to them to ensure that elections happen,” Lacierda said in an interview with Radyo ng Bayan.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday nullified the P268-million “midnight deal” with Smartmatic for the repair and maintenance of 82,000 precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines.
In an interview with acting Comelec Chair Christian Robert Lim, he said the poll body might consider holding manual elections rather than postponing it.
“Manual elections is better than no elections,” he told reporters. He said the Comelec will not allow a no election scenario from happening.
“We don’t want to go into a civil war because having no elections will be unacceptable to many,” he said.