Partial election returns give Aquino, Binay early leads
Posted by akosistella on May 10, 2010
(Updated 9:55 p.m.)Liberal Party standard bearer Benigno C. Aquino III is leading his rivals in the presidential race, based on a partial and unofficial consolidation of data from election returns as of 9:36 p.m. Makati Mayor Jejomar C. Binay of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan was leading the vice presidential race in a GMA News tally based on 36.57 per cent of election returns nationwide.
The unofficial data culled from 76,347 precincts nationwide showed Aquino, son of Philippine democracy icons Corazon C. Aquino and Benigno Aquino Jr., garnering 5,580,630 votes. Binay accumulated 5,605,074 votes.
Comelec to reassess precinct clustering after long queues
The clustering of precincts in the country’s first nationwide automated elections will be the subject of an “utmost post-election analysis” by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) after it caused long queues of voters on election day.
“This is the first time we did nationwide automation. Let’s see what we can do to improve in the next election. Definitely, it’s the queuing system that we should look into,” said Comelec Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal at a press briefing on Monday afternoon.
For this year’s elections, the Comelec has clustered six to eight precincts into one, causing long lines that tested the patience of many voters nationwide. In some precincts, voters even collapsed due to exhaustion while waiting for their turn to vote.