Foreign observers from 8 countries to monitor May 13 polls

April 4, 2013 10:28 pm 

MANILA, April 4 — A group of foreign observers from at least eight countries will visit the country to monitor the May 13 mid-term polls.

Mon Casiple, lead convenor of the Institute of Political and Electoral Reforms, said so far, 25 foreign observers from eight countries have confirmed their participation.

The foreign observers and local guides will be deployed according to their interest, expertise and election monitoring experience, said the group Compact for Peaceful and Democratic Elections (Compact).

Compact was designed by a group of non-government organizations and civil society groups led by the Active Citizenship Foundation(ACF) to address electoral fraud and violence.

It began during the 2004 national and local elections as a reaction to the growing incidence of election-related violence.

IPER is one of the convenors of Compact.

Casiple said foreign observers will come from Australia, Burma, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Uganda and the United States.

He said they will be deployed in Manila, and in Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, Camarines Sur, Masbate, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Samar and Dinagat Islands.

After the elections, the observers will submit a report to the Commission on Elections and will focus on the Precinct Count Optical Scan machine, the voters' list, reforms to strengthen political parties, measures to prevent vote buying and reduction of election violence. (PNA)

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