AFP says elections generally peaceful

May 10, 2010 8:08 pm 

MANILA, May 10 — The Armed Forces of the Philippines has declared that Monday's general automated elections was generally peaceful as only a few dozens of election-related violent incidents were reported on election date.

In a press conference in Camp Aguinaldo, AFP Task Force honest orderly and peaceful elections (HOPE) said only nine people died, 12 were injured in the 37 incidents they have recorded so far throughout the country.

“We would like to inform you that as per our tally and from reports from the field, as of three o’clock this afternoon, we have recorded 37 incidents. This incidents resulted to nine killed, 12 wounded,” Col. Ricardo Nepomuceno of the AFP's Task Force Hope said.

He said these include six shooting incidents, 13 harassments, five encounters, one ransacking/robbery, one confiscation of a firearm, one ballot snatching, five intimidation of voters, three mauling and two explosions of improvised bombs.

“Overall situation, we have reports from Northern Luzon, its generally peaceful there, along with Visayas and Southern Luzon, its peaceful. In Mindanao, of course we have some incidents there in Maguindanao and ARMM which are under Comelec control,” he said.

In Lanao del Sur, he said the Comelec has recommended a failure of election in the province due to lack of board of election inspectors, PCOS machines and other election materials. He said the military is supporting the recommendation.

“So far this has been the most peaceful if we are going to compare it to the previous elections. We hope this will hold until tonight and throughout when the counting of the votes is over,” he said.(PNA) V3/VR

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