Comelec assures voters: No disenfranchisement
Posted by akosistella on May 3, 2010
MANILA, Philippines – Voters have no reason to fear being disenfranchised on election day, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said yesterday.
Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said voters already near the polling precinct would be accommodated even after the supposed 6 p.m. closing of the polls.
“As long as the voters are already near the voting precincts, the (Board of Election Inspectors) would accommodate all of them (until what time it takes),” he said.
via Philippine Star.
70% absentee vote turnout expected
MANILA, Philippines – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) expects the turnout of the local absentee voting (LAV) for the military to reach up to 70 percent.
AFP’s Task Force HOPE ((Honest, Orderly and Peaceful Elections) spokesman Col. Ricardo Nepomuceno said the voter turnout could be higher as they are gathering reports from the field.
“We are still consolidating our figures but our initial estimate is that it (voter turnout) reached 65 percent to 70 percent,” he said.
Via Phil. Star
Don’t blame Comelec if there’s cheating May 10, says Cardinal Rosales
CARDINAL Gaudencio Rosales yesterday said the Commission on Elections should not be held accountable if cheating occurs in next Monday’s first nationwide automated elections.
“Cheating is there but not in the (precinct count optical scan) machine. Don’t blame the Comelec,” Rosales told reporters.
“The machines, innocent as they are, they will not perform well… imagine 50 million sheets going through that (voting machine). Do you expect the machine to be faithful? Ang makina kung minsan humihinto e. You must give a margin for error,” said Rosales.