Friday, December 11, 2009

Comelec sees fewer election protests

By Eva Visperas
The Philippine Star
Updated December 12, 2009 12:00 AM

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LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Philippines – Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Nicodemo Ferrer yesterday said election protests nationwide are expected to be lessened by as much as 99 percent with the automation of the 2010 polls, citing the experience of the fully automated special elections in Mindanao last year.

“Maybe more than 99 percent of election protests will be gone,” Ferrer said during the provincial demonstration of the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines.

He said there was not a single election protest filed in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) after the automated elections there last year. The winners were announced in less than three days.

“So there was no protest. For the first time in the history of the Philippines, there was no protest, no work for lawyers like me,” he joked.

He said in manual elections, the problem begins when the canvassers cannot understand the handwriting of the voters.

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