Arroyo wants imperfect, if not failed, polls — risk analyst
Posted by akosistella on April 14, 2010
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MANILA, Philippines–A political risk consultancy group suggests that President Arroyo may have been wanting an imperfect, if not failed, elections in May so as to ensure that her clout remains strong in the next administration.
The Pacific Strategies and Assessments (PSA) indicated in its April assessment of preparations for the May presidential and local polls that Arroyo has failed to address the concerns raised by experts and various political camps about the preparations for the first nationwide automated elections.
It doesn't help assuage fears, the group said, that Arroyo's victory in the 2004 presidential elections remains tainted with allegation of wholesale and systematic fraud.
“Because Arroyo has already been implicated in election fraud, most believe Arroyo would be willing to exploit any perceived malfunction in the automation election to her advantage,” the PSA report said.
The report says that Arroyo, now running for representative of her home province of Pampanga, is “determined to dominate the legislature with allies so she can presumably retain considerable power in the next government.”