Wider ballot audit sought
Posted by akosistella on April 4, 2010
MANILA, Philippines – Electoral reform groups have renewed calls for the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to allow a wider random manual audit of ballots before the proclamation of winners in the May 10 polls to “lend credence to election results.”
The Automated Election System (AES) Watch, Center for People Empowerment in Governance (Cenpeg) and Consortium on Electoral Reforms (CER) said a limited manual audit done after proclamation would further cast doubt on the results of the automated polls.
AES Watch convenor Alfredo Pascual said a random manual audit is now “central to ensuring the integrity of the May 10 elections given that the pleas of concerned citizens’ groups for measures to address the internal vulnerabilities of the AES have remained unanswered.”
Click Philippine Star.
Versoza sees most peaceful elections in RP history
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet , Philippines – The country would experience the most peaceful elections in history, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said.
PNP chief Director General Jesus Verzosa cited records indicating a marked decrease in election-related violent incidents compared to figures during the 2004 and 2007 elections.
He said that if the trend would continue, then the country is heading toward more peaceful elections on May 10.
Click Phil. Star