FVR says automated polls like a toilet system
Posted by akosistella on April 20, 2010
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MANILA, Philippines – Former President Fidel V. Ramos virtually accused President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo of being able to manipulate the country’s first ever automated election on May 10.
Speaking to media at the airport before flying off to open a Metrobank Branch in Nanjing, China, Ramos compared the country’s first ever nationwide automated election system to his modern toilet system in his Makati office.
Ramos said the toilet system, though modern, can always be manually overridden. He even showed pictures.
He said the automated election can always be changed to manual if the power supply is cut.
Unprepared poll body worries lawyers
BAGUIO CITY, Philippines—Be on the right side of history, the oldest voluntary national organization of lawyers told the Commission on Elections (Comelec) as it expressed concern over the poll body’s lack of preparation for the forthcoming national and local elections.
In a statement, the Philippine Bar Association (PBA), through its president Atty. Simeon Marcelo, enumerated the problems plaguing the Comelec’s preparations to include: malfunctioning Precinct Count Optical Scan machines, lack of independent source code review, delayed printing of official ballots, controversies in the public bidding for the supply of indelible ink and ballot secrecy folders, use of unreliable logistics firms, lack of transparency in the canvassing of votes, lack of contingency/continuity plans, lack of an effective voters’ education campaign, and lack of a legal framework in case of failure of elections.