Comelec to issue resolution on contingency plan for the May 10 polls next week — Jimenez

April 14, 2010 10:34 pm 

MANILA, April 14 — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said today it will come out next with the contingency plan for the May 10, 2010 automated polls.

With this, Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez is confident that they have prepared well in holding the automated elections based on the results of their field tests, mock polls and sample voting.

“We really can’t see where these fears are coming from except from the desire to totally scuttle automation. Automation will proceed. It will be 100 percent, there’s no 30 percent list that it will not be automated,” he said.

Jimenez is reacting to reports that some national candidates are asking for the list of areas where manual elections will be implemented.

The Comelec official said the resolution will be promulgated after its technical terms have been “laymanized” or simplified.

“They are written as a technical document. You have to understand by their very nature, it's internal so they are couched in very technical language. So what we are doing is we are trying to recast that in a resolution so it will be in a more laymanized (format),” Jimenez said.

Meanwhile, Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal said that they will release the guidelines for random manual audit next week.

He said the proposals have already been submitted to the Commission en banc by the technical working group and they expect to come up with the resolution on the matter this month.

Larrazabal declined to elaborate on the contents of the guidelines, but said that one of the proposals of the committee is to have five precincts per district to undergo the manual audit.

“Let’s wait for the resolution to be issued by the en banc, but it looks like five precincts per district. The other matters will be contained in the resolution. I don’t want to preempt,” he said. (PNA) scs/FGP/utb

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