All set for polls, says Palace

April 28, 2010 7:41 pm 

MANILA, April 28 — It’s all systems go for the country’s first automated polls.

Malacanang, through Executive Secretary Leandro Mendoza, made the assurance this morning even as it appealed for vigilance to ensure peaceful, credible and fair elections on May 10.

“Preparations are well underway, all the details are being attended to by the institutions deputized by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), and teachers,” Mendoza said.

With 12 days to go before the big event, Mendoza said the entire government machinery is supporting the COMELEC and all agencies concerned to provide voters access to polling centers.

“We are focusing all our efforts and attention on the elections”, he said.

Mendoza said the Department of Energy has assured continuous power supply during the election period which will use for the first time automated voting and counting machines.

He said the PNP and AFP are all out in securing that contingency plans are in place in case problems related to the elections arise.

Mendoza also asked for vigilance to avoid threats that may disrupt the conduct of the elections.

“We appeal to the media and general public and the citizenry to continue to exercise the highest level of vigilance to protect the integrity of the electoral process from any and all threats that may come in any direction,” he said.

Mendoza appealed to the presidential candidates to elevate the level of campaigning and avoid mudslinging. He stressed that the campaign should educate voters on platforms and issues that matter. (PNA)

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