DND chief: Gov’t ready for 30% automation failure
Posted by akosistella on April 13, 2010
MANILA, Philippines – For the first time, a ranking official of the Arroyo administration admitted that the automated elections could fail.
Defense Secretary Norberto Gonzales reveals up to 30% of machines to be used in the coming polls may not function properly.
He was quoting the Commission on Elections (Comelec), which supposedly made this statement in a security cluster meeting in Malacañang.
“Ang calculation nila, ang worst-case scenario is 30% baka hindi matuloy ang automation, pero ishi-shift din naman nila sa manual yun,” he says in an interview with ABS-CBN News. “Ang failure of election, masasabi natin kung walang resulta. Failure of automation and tinitingnan natin.”
Gonzales says even President Arroyo was surprised by the Comelec’s assessment.
Partial manual polls possible – Comelec
MANILA, Philippines – With the country’s first automated polls less than a month away, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) is preparing for possible partial manual canvassing of votes.
This developed as Ang Kapatiran presidential candidate John Carlos de los Reyes called on voters to remain vigilant as election day draws near.
In a roundtable discussion with The STAR editors and reporters, De los Reyes said concerns over a possible failure of elections remain but that as a candidate he has to do some “balancing on a tightrope” and trust in the sincerity of officials tasked with ensuring clean and honest elections.
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