Villar upbeat on election results but urges voters to remain vigilant

May 10, 2010 8:08 pm 

MANILA, May 10 — Nacionalista Party standard-bearer Sen. Manny Villar is optimistic on the outcome of the automated elections but worried about the voters’ disenfranchisement.

"I’m afraid because I saw a long line. We really don’t know how many percent could cast their votes,” Villar said after casting his ballot at a polling precinct at the STI Elementary and High School in BF Resort Village, Las Piñas Monday morning.

The delays have prompted the Commission on Elections to extend voting hours from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Villar urged the public to remain vigilant until the last ballot has been cast and all the votes have been counted. "It’s just the start of the process. Let’s see first how many percent have cast their votes before declaring it a success,” the NP bet said.

Villar and the other NP candidates expressed their hopes that all of the registered voters exercised their rights. “We know that there are long lines in most precincts and the heat is really uncomfortable, but this exercise is just once every six years, so let’s sacrifice for the sake of our country,” added Villar.

According to Villar, he will spend the next few days relaxing with his family after about three months of rigorous campaigning all over the country. Villar was with his wife, Las Piñas Rep. Cynthia Villar, when he went to the polling precinct.

“I will just let my staff and supporters monitor the election proceedings. Anyway, candidates are not allowed to be near polling precincts. I will just check the news every now and then,” said Villar.

Villar is still hoping for the successful elections “because if not, it would be another new chaos.” (PNA)

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