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Melo says postponement of polls ‘unconstitutional’

Posted by akosistella on April 22, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – There’s no stopping the national and local elections on May 10 despite a petition for their postponement by a presidential candidate, according to Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Jose Melo.

“That’s unconstitutional… because the Constitution itself provides for the specific date on which an election will be held,” Melo said in reaction to a petition to postpone the polls filed by independent presidential candidate Nicanor Perlas.

The Comelec has yet to deliberate on Perlas’ petition.

In his petition, Perlas cited the agency’s lack of preparedness in carrying out its duties in the first nationwide automated polls.

via Philippine Star.


Comelec may not be able to declare dominant majority and minority parties

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) may not be able to declare the dominant majority and minority parties in the coming May 10 elections in view of the status quo order by the Supreme Court (SC) over the merger of the Nacionalista Party (NP) and the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC).

Comelec Chairman Jose Melo said they could not proclaim which political parties should become the dominant minority and dominant majority since the issue concerns the computation of their respective membership.

“It might be a bit difficult for the SC, at this point, to decide (regarding the coalition) so we might not have dominant majority and minority (parties),” he said.

via Phil. Star


Comelec, Smartmatic, telcos sign deal for May 10 transmission

MANILA, Philippines—Representatives of the Globe, PLDT Smart, Digitel and satellite transmission providers met with officials of the Commission on Elections and Smartmatic-TIM to sign a contract for their services in the May 10 elections on Wednesday.

In essence, the three networks have agreed to provide Smartmatic-TIM a private channel which they can use for the transmission of the results from the precincts all the way to the national canvassing centers, Renato Garcia, the Comelec’s information technology consultant, said.

“It’s not a public Internet network. It’s private,” he said. At the canvassing levels, that “network will be open starting noon of May 10 until the proclamation in the provincial level is finished.”

The telecommunication companies also agreed to provide Smartmatic-TIM and the Comelec a data center where they can store the back-up data of the election results. The companies initially backed out of the deal, citing security concerns. (Inquirer.net)


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