SC to Comelec: Disclose automation preparations fully
Posted by akosistella on May 7, 2010
MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday ordered the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to disclose to the public important details regarding the technical aspects of the preparations it made for the May 10 automated nationwide elections.
According to a court press release, the court En Banc issued the decision in the light of “alarming details in the run-up” to the elections.
In a resolution penned by Senior Justice Antonio T. Carpio, the Court directed the Comelec to disclose the following information to the public within 2 days upon receving its copy of the resolution:
Via ABS-CBN News
Vote-counting may be delayed in some areas, Comelec says
(Update 2 – 4:37 PM) Counting of votes in 5 percent of areas in the country — including Maguindanao, the site of a massacre last year — may be delayed by at least one day because compact flash cards to be used for poll machines may possibly arrive late, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said on Thursday.
“At worst,” counting and transmission of more than three million votes will be conducted on May 11 — a day after the elections — since the cards for the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines in some areas may be delivered only on that date, Comelec chairman Jose Melo said.
“That is the worst scenario… there would still be precincts in very, very remote areas without the flash cards having been delivered and tested,” Melo said during a press briefing on Thursday.
DepEd exec laments absence of guidelines on manual counting
MANILA, Philippines—Over 200,000 teachers taking part in the electoral process are apprehensive about glitches in the automated counting of votes, but are ready for anything, an education official said Thursday.
The 229,020 teachers to be deployed for Monday’s elections as part of the board of election inspectors did not anticipate the foul-ups in the trial runs of the testing and sealing of the voting tally machines in Luzon.
“We did not anticipate these glitches,” Education Undersecretary Franklin Sunga said at a Malacañang news briefing. “Definitely the apprehensions will be there.”