Over 6M Filipinos will find it difficult to vote
Posted by akosistella on March 22, 2010
MANILA, Philippines—Over six million Filipinos who are “functionally illiterate” will find it difficult to vote in the upcoming first ever national automated elections in May, a group said on Monday.
These six million Filipinos who find it difficult to read, write, compute, and comprehend may be unable to vote effectively on May 10, according to election watch dog Compact Compact for Peaceful and Democratic Elections.
Tomas “Butch” Africa, former administrator of the National Statistics Office, said that 16 percent of 40 million Filipinos will find it difficult to vote in the upcoming elections, raising fears of cheating.
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Comelec mulls imposing fines on bets over illegal campaign materials
Aside from possible disqualification, a Commission on Elections (Comelec) official on Monday said the poll body is thinking of imposing fines to candidates who continue to violate regulations on campaign materials.
“We discussed… the taking down of campaign materials and the fees that may be imposed on the political parties in tearing down these illegally placed campaign materials,” Comelec Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal told reporters in an interview.