Foreign observers say RP vote lacks transparency
Posted by akosistella on March 13, 2010
MANILA, Philippines – Western election observers on Saturday criticized the Philippine government for “insufficient” openness as the country prepares to choose its next president with a new automated voting system.While it recognized that “substantial efforts” were being made to improve on previous elections, the US-based National Democratic Institute mission still urged the state poll watchdog Commission on Elections Comelec to do more to ensure that machines are fraud-proof and have adequate backup.
Namfrel withdraws bid for Comelec accreditation
Speaking at a media briefing, [Jose] Cuisia said Namfrel would no longer pursue accreditation in time for the May 10 national elections.
Cuisia said Namfrel, the pioneer in parallel quick counts in Philippine elections, had given up on seeking the poll body’s recognition.
“It is obvious that the Comelec is not interested in Namfrel’s assistance,” he said.