Palace hails SC order on full disclosure of Comelec preparations for May 10 polls

May 7, 2010 7:39 pm 

MANILA, May 7 — Malacanang hailed today a Supreme Court (SC) resolution ordering the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to observe utmost transparency in all its preparations for the May 10 local and national elections.

Presidential Spokesman Ricardo Saludo said the Comelec report on its preparedness “will promote transparency, integrity and confidence in the election process.”

The SC, voting 12-3 Thursday, adopted the resolution directing the Comelec to make public the complete details of its preparations, particularly the technical aspect of Monday’s exercise, ”given the alarming details in the run-up” to the polls.

At the same time, Secretary Saludo appealed to the people to set aside political partisanship in favor of the country’s social and political stability.

“More than ever, we as individual citizens and as people must place the good of our nation and our democracy above partisan interests and personal agenda,” Saludo said.

“This is not the time for self-serving, headline grabbing, and unhelpful charges and fault-finding when well-meaning Filipinos are working sincerely with the Comelec for fair, free, orderly and credible elections,” he stressed.

He also called for vigilance against attempts to undermine the integrity of the ballots. “Let us constantly guard against baseless claims and unverified rumors, especially those spread by text and gossip.”

The Palace official likewise cautioned media and cell phone users against playing into the hands of political propagandists employing dirty tricks to bring down rival candidates.

“Media should not headline them (gossips), and people should not waste their money passing them on to others,” he said, adding that giving attention to the rumors or untruths merely promotes the use of foul tactics in the political arena.

The 20-page resolution was handed down on Thursday in connection with a petition seeking full disclosure of the steps being taken by the poll body to ensure the credibility and integrity of Monday’s elections.

The SC petitioners specifically asked for full disclosure, among other things, of the nature and security of all equipment and devises, including their hardware and software components to be used in the polls; the source code for review by interested parties as mandated by law, and the terms and protocols of the random manual audit. (PNA)

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