Villar ready to accept results of ‘credible’ elections
Posted by akosistella on May 11, 2010
MANILA, Philippines—Reaching out to his rivals in the presidential race, Nacionalista Party standard-bearer Manuel B. Villar Jr. called for reconciliation soon after he cast his vote in his hometown of Las Piñas City on Monday, vowing to to respect the results of the first-ever computerized elections so long as they were credible and urging his opponents to do the same.
In an admission which could ensure a smooth transition of power come June 30, Villar himself said he would readily concede defeat in a credible, orderly elections
“First, if the elections are orderly, that’s O.K. Hindi naman tayo pikon na tao (I am not touchy). I will support (the winner). I’m not a disorderly person. But I must be convinced that that is the will of the people,” he told reporters at a press conference.
Comelec checking reports some ballots were not checked for authenticity
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is still verifying reports claiming that ballots fed into voting machines may not have been checked for authenticity.
The poll body “is still verifying these cases,” Comelec Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal told GMANews.TV on early evening of Monday, the day the Philippines’ held its first nationwide automated polls.
Various precincts across the country may have failed to use ultraviolet (UV) lamps, a device that was supposed to check authenticity of ballots, anecdotal reports reaching GMANews.TV said.
I CAN attest to the above. Like other voters, I was just so excited to get my ballot, I forgot to ask the BEI officer to scan it w/ her UV lamp to authenticate it…not that I saw any lamp around. I just kinda took it on blind faith that the ballot was secure. So what happens now? Does this invalidate the votes in our precint or the electoral process itself?