SC junks petitions to postpone May 10 polls
Posted by akosistella on May 7, 2010
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) It’s all systems go for the country’s first automated elections on May 10 as the Supreme Court dismissed all petitions seeking the postponement of the polls, a spokesman for the high court said Friday.
The petitioners failed “to exhaust all remedies” and there was “no grave abuse of discretion” on the part of the Commission on Elections when it pursued the computerization of the elections, said lawyer Jose Midas Marquez after the court’s special en banc session.
Marquez said the petitions filed by the Concerned Citizens Movement CCM, former president Joseph Estrada and the Philippine Computer Society PCS suffered from technicalities.
SC ruling on disclosure of poll preparations unnecessary — Comelec exec
The Supreme Court ruling ordering the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to bare all details about the preparations for the automated polls on Monday is unnecessary, a poll body official said Friday.
Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said there was no need for the order, claiming the poll body has always been transparent in the implementation of the automation project.
“We have no qualms whatsover in showing our work,” Jimenez said at a press briefing on Friday.