Plans to disenfranchise voters on election day revealed
Posted by akosistella on May 3, 2010
The Commission on Elections Comelec revealed on Monday that they have been receiving “credible” information that there are plans to delay or prevent some voters from voting on election day.
“Whats happening is that some individuals will purposely delay the voting in some areas to prevent voters from voting,” Comelec Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal said at a press briefing.
Larrazabal explained that the plans would entail disrupting the voting process to delay, prevent, or discourage voters from taking part in the elections on May 10.
Misamis Occ. mayoral bet wants town placed under Comelec control
OZAMIZ CITY, Philippines—With less than a week before the balloting day on May 10, the Nacionalista Party mayoral candidate in hinterland Concepcion, Misamis Occidental has asked the Commission on Elections to place the town under its direct control.
In a phone interview, reelectionist mayor Benjamin Pilota, a retired Army colonel, said his camp has been worried over persistent reports from their community leaders about the activities of a group of armed men roaming from village to village intimidating people.
Pilota claimed that the villages usually visited by these armed men are his known bailiwicks, and their activities have become more frequent as the political campaign is now in the homestretch.
Bangit leads troops in interfaith rally for clean polls
MANILA, Philippines (1st UPDATE) – With exactly a week to go before the elections, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff Delfin Bangit and Philippine National Police chief Jesus Verzosa led government troops in an interfaith rally on Monday morning at Camp Aguinaldo.
Priests, pastors and imams prayed over military troops who will soon be deployed to help secure the first ever nationwide automated elections.
“I’ve seen how the Philippine National Police worked 24 hours a day, and also, the components of the armed forces, just to be able to deliver a very good and a very credible election for our nation,” Bangit told the soldiers.
Via ABS-CBN News