Comelec won't allow anything to endanger the country's future

April 16, 2010 10:00 pm 

MANILA, April 16 – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said that they will not allow anyone or anything to happen that would endanger the future of the country.

“We won’t allow failure of elections to happen to favor anyone. We won’t allow it, simply. We simply won’t allow failure of elections to happen,” Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal said.

The Comelec official is reacting on the report of Pacific Strategies and Assessments (PSA), that the May 10 automated polls would not be a success and it would benefit President Arroyo.

“Assessing 2010 Elections Automation in the Philippines”, the PSA noted how the Arroyo government is doing very little to assure people of having fair and honest elections while saying she could be the one who will benefit the most if it actually happens,” in its report said.

Larrazabal pointed out that the “danger signs” pointed to by PSA are either not based on facts or have already been repeatedly addressed by the poll body.

Among these issues are the source code review, insufficient testing of the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines, transmission capability, teachers’ training and voters’ list.

“The problem here is that you try to address questions by giving facts but people don’t want to listen. They still insist on rumors and speculations which have no basis,” he said.

Although, he said that they do not have a perfect automated election system, “what is important is that these concerns are being addressed.”

The poll official added that it is not right to compare the former officials of the Comelec and the present.

“You should not relate a person, like Chairman (Jose) Melo said, this is a different commission now. We have a new chairman and commissioners and we have taken steps to address the concerns and issues raised to us,” Larrazabal noted.

It would be recalled that the poll body has been accused of conspiring with the government in favoring administration candidates, specifically the 2004 “Hello Garci” scandal. (PNA) LBV/FGP/utb


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