Business sector to undertake measures to ensure credible elections

April 30, 2010 8:22 pm 

By Leslie D. Venzon

MANILA, April 30 – Local businesses have offered to undertake various measures which could help the Commission on Elections (Comelec) ensure credible and peaceful elections on May 10.

“By May 3, we are going to the Comelec to talk with them that we are coming out measures that would assure credible elections,” Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) president Ambassador Francis Chua told reporters at the sidelines of the PCCI general membership meeting on the forthcoming 2010 elections Thursday night.

Chua bared that they have been talking with the San Miguel Corp. on the possibility of placing their helicopters on standby which could immediately transport the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines once these become defective.

The Comelec has assured that reserved PCOS machines are available to replace defective ones, in case there would be.

Chua said wireless service provider Smart Communications could also utilize its satellite service during power interruption.

To ensure no power outage especially in Mindanao, the business group is also proposing that big factories like steel mills operating in the area to stop operations during the elections day.

Chua said businessmen likewise may make available their car batteries which could be used to operate the PCOS machines.

“We will also inform our 120 chapters that they should be vigilant to see to it that there is no election fraud conducted,” he said.

Apart from PCCI chapters, Chua said they will also recommend that officials of all foreign embassies in the country visit the polling precincts to determine if there are cases of election fraud.

“There is no guarantee that there is no cheating in manual counting. Historically, we were always on manual counting yet after an election, there were problems,” he said. (PNA) LAP/LDV

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