Worried Arroyo tackles ‘no-el’ plan at Palace meeting
Posted by akosistella on May 6, 2010
MANILA, Philippines—No matter the Palace’s strong position to go ahead with the national elections on May 10, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is not discounting a “no-election” scenario, a key security officer said Wednesday.
The officer asked the Philippine Daily Inquirer to withhold his identity because of his sensitive position in government.
During the meeting, Ms Arroyo purportedly asked military and police officials to “study” the consequences of three possible events that may arise from the failure of Smartmatic to remedy the glitches in the precinct count optical scan machines.
Monsod: Problem of incompetence, it’s solvable
MANILA, Philippines—Former Commission on Elections chair Christian Monsod Wednesday doused anew fears of a jittery public that glitches in the testing of counting machines would lead to an election failure.
“The good news is that this (glitch) is not part of a conspiracy to manipulate the polls, nor an attempt to cheat. This is a problem of incompetence and it’s solvable,” he said by phone.
Technical glitches resurfaced in Monday’s testing of the voting tally machines, called precinct count optical scan (PCOS), in polling precincts in some parts of Luzon.
Sleepless, scowling Melo asks for trust
MANILA, Philippines—From sleepless to scowling.
The chair of the Commission on Elections (Comelec), who once admitted having sleepless nights over the preparations for the May 10 polls, hasn’t been smiling since receiving reports that the voting machines supplied by Smartmatic-TIM Corp. gave erroneous results during recent tests.
As Jose Melo put it Wednesday, repairing technical problems may be the easy part but the tougher challenge would be for the Comelec “to recapture the trust of the people and the candidates.”