Erap asks SC to stop May 10 synchronized automated polls

May 7, 2010 7:39 pm 

By Perfecto T. Raymundo, Jr.

MANILA, May 7 – Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) standard-bearer former President Joseph "Erap" Ejercito Estrada on Friday filed a petition before the Supreme Court (SC) seeking to postpone for 15 days the upcoming May 10 synchronized automated elections.

In a petition for prohibition and/or injunction, Estrada also asked the SC to stop the Commission on Elections (Comelec) from proceeding with the automated elections and revert back to manual voting.

Estrada said that 15 days would give the Comelec sufficient time to prepare for manual elections.

"A delay of 15 days would be much more desirable than a failure of elections," Estrada said.

Citing the malfunction of the precinct count optical scan machines in Metro Manila and in some provinces, Estrada said that the failed tests "serious and flagrant as they are, created a reasonable ground to believe that the automated elections scheduled for May 10, 2010 are headed towards a chaotic, if not, total failure of elections."

"Considering these dismal and dreadful failures on the part of the respondent in the performance of its constitutional duty to conduct a free, honest, orderly, and credible elections, petitioner, was constrained to file the instant petition for immediate relief," Estrada said. (PNA)

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