SC asked to order return to manual elections
Posted by akosistella on May 6, 2010
MANILA, Philippines—A citizens group wants the Supreme Court to stop the Commission on Elections from implementing the automated polls and revert to manual balloting.
But at the same time, the Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM) said that the May 10 polls should push through, saying that a delay in the elections was part of a plot to put up a military junta.
“We will oppose all efforts to postpone the holding of the elections as this will inevitably lead to the transition [military] junta that (Defense Secretary) Norberto Gonzales has been advocating,” said lawyer and CCM president Harry Roque Jr. in a news conference a few hours before filing the petition.
Comelec preparing for special elections in some places
MANILA, Philippines—The Commission on Elections is preparing to hold special elections in certain precincts in case the replacement compact flash cards do not arrive on time for the computerized voting on Monday, Comelec Chairman Jose Melo said.
Melo, in an interview with the media Wednesday, said the Comelec is drafting a contingency plan in case Smartmatic TIM Corp., the automated elections supplier, fails to complete the replacement of the defective compact flash cards in the 76,300 precincts.
Melo said the poll body anticipates that about five percent of the precincts—“mostly in far-flung areas”—will not have elections on May 10.
Whistle-blower quits Comelec
MANILA, Philippines—The whistle-blower in the ballot secrecy folder scandal that rocked the Commission on Elections is calling it quits because of threats to his life.
Lawyer Melchor Magdamo said he received warnings that he may be at risk and has decided to resign from the poll body, which he joined in 2008, working in the office of Chair Jose Melo.
Magdamo exposed the alleged irregularities in the P700-million contract for the purchase of ballot secrecy folders to be used in the elections.