2M to 8M failed to cast votes, says Comelec consultant
Posted by akosistella on May 13, 2010
MANILA, Philippines—The number of disenfranchised voters in last Monday’s election may range from 2 million to 8 million, a figure that could have changed the picture of the vice presidential and senatorial races, according to the Commission on Elections’ consultant on queue management.
While the automated voting was a success, Marvin Beduya said other aspects of the May 10 computerized elections may be considered a failure.
“I think we should celebrate the success of the automated voting soberly and with the thought that it may not have delivered the true will of the people, the key purpose of elections, in a manner that is very difficult to prove,” Beduya said.
Automation critics happy to be wrong
MANILA, Philippines – Critics have conceded that the automated election system (AES) used in last Monday’s polls was a success.
The Concerned Citizens’ Movement (CCM) of University of the Philippines law professor Harry Roque Jr., one of the groups that earlier opposed the AES before the Supreme Court (SC), admitted that it was “absolutely thrilled to be wrong” about its earlier fear of failure of election due to glitches in the automated system.
The Management Association of the Philippines (MAP) and the Financial Executives of the Philippines (Finex) issued a statement yesterday congratulating “the Filipino people who were all engaged in exercising their right of suffrage,” the Commission on Elections (Comelec) “for a job well done” as well as “the teachers, the military, the police and all those involved in the elections.”
Via Phil. Star
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