MBC disappointed with Comelec decision on manual count (and other newsbits)
Posted by akosistella on April 30, 2010
MANILA, Philippines – The Makati Business Club (MBC) expressed disappointment in the Commission on Elections’ (Comelec) rejection of proposals to hold a parallel manual count of votes for president, vice president and mayors to ensure that results of the May automated elections are credible.
The MBC is urging this time that the Comelec consider a simultaneous manual tally at least in the race for president, the most critical position.
“We are deeply disappointed in the Comelec for their outright rejection of our proposal to count just three positions in all the ballots cast on May 10,” said MBC in a statement.
Via ABS-CBN News
Madrigal calls for 1-day hunger strike to press for manual vote count
BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines—Presidential candidate Ma. Consuelo Jamby Madrigal called on the Filipino people, on Thursday, to go on a one-day hunger strike to protest the decision of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) junking the call for a parallel manual vote count.
“I am asking the whole country to be with me even for one day,” said Madrigal, who began her own hunger strike to call for clean and honest elections on Wednesday.
Madrigal, who held a caravan around Bacolod City Thursday afternoon, said she was surviving on water and calamansi.
Lucy to replace Goma in House race
MANILA, Philippines – Television host Lucy Torres will replace her husband, actor Richard Gomez, in the congressional race in Ormoc, Leyte.
“We have decided to substitute Lucy to replace me as candidate in the fourth district of Ormoc, Leyte. We will not wait for en banc decision to come out. In that way, we will not have to go to the Supreme Court to fight another battle and spend more money, time and effort if we win this election,” Gomez said in a text message to The STAR.
Gomez, who is running for congressman in Ormoc, is facing a disqualification case for failure to comply with residency requirements.
Via Phil. Star
White envelopes distributed to Iloilo City voters
ILOILO CITY, Iloilo, Philippines—Less than two weeks before the May 10 elections, envelopes are already spreading in La Paz District in this city.
But rather than containing money to buy votes, the white envelope is empty and only has a large red “X” mark and the words “Not For Sale” placed on the front.
The envelopes being posted on doors and gates of some residents in 11 barangay (villages) in the district are part of the campaign by the parish against vote-buying.