'May polls successful,' says Namfrel

May 14, 2010 8:04 pm 

MANILA, May 14 – Contrary to the negative perception prior to the conduct of the May 10 automated elections, the National Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel) said that the just concluded electoral exercise was successful.

Namfrel chairman Jose Cuisia Jr. said the election was generally clean. Some 75 percent of the more than 50 million voters participated last Monday.

“On the whole, the new process of voting in an automated election system worked better than most people's expectations,” the group said in a statement.

The group admitted that they were also surprised that the process went on smooth despite technical glitches and procedural problems.

Earlier, Namfrel warned that the computerized balloting could fail.

With this, the group lauded the efforts of the voters, the Board of Election Inspectors, and the Commission on Elections in coming up with a successful automated process of elections.

The group also cited the fast counting and transmission of results that allowed the nation to know the winning candidates for president, vice-president, and senators a day after the poll precincts closed.

Namfrel also said that the manner with which the losing presidential candidate vowed and conceded to the candidate that was on the top position has lessened the political tension in the country was one of the benefits of the automated counting.

On the other hand, Guillermo Luz, Namfrel’s board member, asked the Comelec to look into several issues that cropped up during the May 10 polls.

These included the clustered precinct system, the slow down in the canvassing and the complete review of the automated election system.

They said that the compact flash cards that were replaced should not be destroyed and should be audited too.

Namfrel also urged the poll body to immediately release the results of the random manual audit since it would help identify the potential problems in the system. (PNA)

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