Palace says military and police lack personnel to secure counting machines
Posted by akosistella on April 17, 2010
MANILA, Philippines—The military and police may need additional help in securing the counting machines that will be used in the May elections because they do not have enough manpower for the job, a Palace official said Friday.
Executive Secretary Leandro Mendoza said this matter was raised by the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Philippine National Police in a command conference on Thursday that included officials of the Commission on Elections. The meeting was held to review preparations being done for the May 10 general elections.
The counting and canvassing of votes in the May 10 polls will be done electronically for the first time in the country’s history.
Disgruntled disabled folk storm Comelec
An organization of persons with disabilities (PWD) on Friday stormed the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to protest why it had not been approved as an accredited party-list group in the May polls.
In an interview with reporters, Gigi Ruiz of the Disabled Pinoy Party-list (DPP) scored the poll body for denying the organization’s motion for reconsideration (MR) to be accredited as a party-list group in the May polls.
“This is just to express our indignation over the violation of our rights to political participation,” she said.