Prepare for full manual count, Comelec urged
Posted by akosistella on May 6, 2010
SEN. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III yesterday demanded that the Commission on Elections start preparing for a full manual count “to ensure that democracy will not be held hostage.”
“If full manual counting is a practical solution, then let us do it no matter how long it takes to finish. Let us set aside partisan politics and work together to find ways to resolve this issue,” Aquino said in a press conference at the LP headquarters in Quezon City.
Aquino said despite the Comelec’s assurance that elections will push through, “we fear there are no guarantees of improved results despite these replacements (of compact flash cards).”
Lakas-Kampi insists on automated polls on May 10
MANILA, Philippines—The ruling party declared Wednesday that it won’t settle for anything less than automated elections on May 10, and steered clear of any speculation regarding a postponement of the elections or reverting to manual counting and tabulation of votes.
“We joined this campaign because we know the elections are going to be held on May 10, and they’re going to be computerized,” Lakas Kampi CMD president Francis Manglapus said by phone.
Manglapus dared the Commission on Elections to live up to its commitment of holding the vote on May 10, and mounting an electronic counting of ballots, lest it face tough public grilling.
Checking of PCOS could last up to eve of E-Day
AT the 11th hour.
A day after rescheduling the testing and sealing of the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines, the Commission on Elections yesterday said the final checking of the machines could run up to the last few hours before the elections on Monday.
“Morning of May 10, it (testing and sealing) still can be done. What is important is before elections, the machines will be tested,” Comelec Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal said.