News Roundups: Around the Web

Filipinos vote amid violence, computer glitches – Millions of Filipinos seeking a clean start after a decade of corruption-tainted politics voted in Monday’s elections despite scattered violence and glitches with vote-counting machines being used for the first time. [Source: Associated Press]

Philippine vote on track despite glitches, violence – MANILA – Problems with some ballot machines kept Filipino voters waiting for hours on Monday, including the leading presidential candidate, but authorities said that would not disrupt the election of a successor to Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. [Source: Reuters]

Ex-president’s son leads vote count – Sen. Benigno Aquino III had 35 percent of the vote compared with 27 percent for his nearest rival, former President Joseph Estrada, according to results from PPCRV, a church-based watchdog organization that works in conjunction with the country’s electoral commission. [Source: CNN]

Snail-paced elections in Central Visayas –  Aquino Maturan, 71, of Poblacion, Valencia started lining up to vote outside his assigned precinct at Valencia Elementary School as early as 6:30 a.m.. By 6:45, the Board of Election Inspectors manning the precinct started their preparations, opening at exactly 7 a.m. [Source:]

In Maguindanao and elsewhere: chaos, violence, fraud –  In Maguindanao, one of the most violent provinces during elections, bombings and firefights were reported in several areas. In Kabuntalan town, two people died after supporters of two candidates for vice mayor engaged in a firefight, according to Major Randolph Cabangbang, a spokesman for the Army in Mindanao. Election officials decided to suspend the voting due to the incident. In Datu Salibo town, voting was also suspended after somebody lobbed grenades near a police station. [Source:]

Glitches mar voting, Philippines –  Kontra Daya, an election watchdog, reported Monday that counting machines broke down in nearly a dozen precincts in the provinces south of Manila, on the main island of Luzon. Voters also complained of missing voter lists, and Kontra Daya also said vote buying was reported in the region. Voting in the southern region of Mindanao was marked by computer glitches, disorderly conduct, vote buying and violence. [Source: New York Times]


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