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Malfunctions, poll violence on eve of elections

Posted by akosistella on May 10, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – Delayed flash cards, malfunctioning vote-counting machines and sporadic election-related violence marked 11th hour preparations of the Commission on Elections for the countrys first ever nationwide automated election on May 10.Comelec and poll machine supplier Smartmatic-TIM said all but 2% of voting areas nationwide are fully prepared for Mondays poll. More than 50 million voters are expected to troop to 76,340 polling precincts nationwide and cast their votes for 17,888 elective positions.Comelec Chairman Jose Melo said 2% of more than 75,000 clustered precincts in the country will experience delays in the delivery of compact flash cards due to limited transportation. Among the areas that will receive the delayed flash cards are parts of Northern Samar; Tineg, Abra and other remote areas with limited transportation.

via ABS-CBN News Online Beta.


How to catch cheats in automated polls

MANILA, Philippines – The automated polls in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) in August 2008 is proof that automation does not guarantee clean and honest elections. The purpose, clearly, is to speed up the counting and canvassing of votes, so cheats wouldn’t have the opportunity to manipulate the numbers.

The ARMM exercise almost 2 years ago indeed put a stop the to notorious dagdag-bawas or padding and shaving of votes in the region notoriously known as the country’s cheating capital. However, the exercise saw the return to pre-election fraud and to retail cheating on election day–things that can possibly happen in the 2010 nationwide automated polls.

In a 49-page report on the ARMM election, the regional poll watchdog Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) says: “Observers were surprised to see the ARMM’s polling day so much different from the practices in other Asian countries. The standards fell below what they expected as international best practice, although the polling itself went smoothly and without any major disruption or accidents.”

Via ABS-CBN News

50 million voters all set for first Asia automated polls
• Comelec says full results may be known by Wednesday

AT least 50 million Filipinos are set to face the controversial precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines today as the country holds its first-ever nationwide automated elections.

Veering away from the decades-old, fraud-filled manual system, Filipinos are set to elect their next leaders, including the successor of President Arroyo, by simply shading an oval next to the name of their candidates of choice and feeding their ballots to the counting machine.

According to the Commission on Elections, this election will be historic because it will be the first time an automated system will be used not only in the country but in the whole Asia.

Via Malaya


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