News Roundups: Around the Web

  • Philippines vote extended amid long linesThe Philippines extended voting time by an hour Monday, as crowds flocked to polling stations in the country’s first national elections using electronic voting machines. Polls are scheduled to close at 7 p.m. (7 a.m. Monday ET). [Source: CNN]

  • In Philippines, clans and guns still rule – The irony is often lost on Filipinos. How can the country that gave the world not one, but two, peaceful “people power” uprisings that ousted corrupt regimes have such violent elections.  On Monday more than 50 million Filipinos will have the chance to elect a new president, a new Congress and a roster of local officials. So far the campaign has exacted a deadly toll: Including the Maguindanao massacre that killed 57 people in November, some 100 people have been reported killed in election-related violence, according to news and police reports.[Source: CNN]

  • Election-related violence now at 82The Philippine National Police (PNP) confirmed today that there have been 82 incidents of election-related violence since January 10 earlier this year. As of May 9, there are still 207 incidents that remain unconfirmed and potentially election-related, according to PNP Assistant Chief Danilo Constantino at the PNP National Operations Center. [Source: Yahoo! Southeast Asia]

  • Reports of massive vote-buying reach PPCRV-Butuan – Complaints of unabashed vote-buying via text messages and phone calls continued to hound the offices of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), the citizen’s arm of the Commission on Elections (Comelec), here on Monday. Grace Broncano, PPCRV operations head in the provinces of Agusan del Norte and Agusan del Sur-Butuan Diocese, urged the tens of thousands of complainants to provide evidence so that authorities could act on their calls and text messages.

  • Comelec convenes as national board of canvassers for senatorial, partylist races The Commission on Elections en banc has convened as the national board of canvassers for the senatorial and partylist contests. The six commissioners and Comelec Chairman Jose Melo convened at 3 pm at the Philippine International Convention Center to set up the server and the canvassing system for the NBOC. [Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer]

  • Vote buying by men in gov’t vehicles reported in Angeles City(UPDATE) Unidentified persons in two government vehicles have been reported as buying votes in Angeles City in Pampanga, information reaching the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting operations center showed. The government vehicles include a gray Toyota Avanza with license plate ZDF-446 and an FB100 van with license plate SJB 511, said PPCRV communications head Anna De Villa-Singson. [Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer ]
  • 2 killed in Bacoor shooting —Two persons believed to be supporters of congressional bet Joseph Abaya of the Liberal Party were killed after armed men fired shots at the van they were riding in Monday afternoon. Bystanders who witnessed the shooting said two other cars were traveling along with the van in Barangay Talaba 3 here when the gunmen struck at around 2:28 p.m. [Source: Inquirer]
  • BEIs reminded on priority to disabled, elderly, pregnant voters —With the polls set to close at 7 p.m. on Monday, Education Secretary Mona Valisno directed all public school teachers to give priority to physically handicapped people, the elderly and pregnant women when they cast their votes in their precincts. At a Palace briefing, Valisno said a special line should be provided for the disabled, the elderly and pregnant women by teachers, who served as board of election inspectors, so that they could vote with ease.[Source: Inquirer]
  • Comelec mulls poll failure in parts of Mindanao — The Commission on Elections is studying the possibility of declaring total failure of elections in several municipalities in Mindanao, citing hostilities and inability of the board of election inspectors (BEIs) to show up on election day, a spokesman for the poll body said. [Source: INQUIRER.net]

  • Foreign monitors note irregularities in Maguindanao polls Irregularities in the conduct of the voting process in polling centers in two towns in Maguindanao have compromised the integrity of the elections, international observers affiliated with an independent poll watchdog said Monday. In a statement, Compact for Peaceful and Democratic Elections (Compact) reported that there were massive vote-buying incidents in the towns of Barera and Buldon, Maguindanao. [Source: INQUIRER.net]

  • Philippine elections hit by malfunctions, violence – 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. Violence in some remote and rural areas, including bomb blasts and shootings, and allegations of vote-buying also marred the ballot for nearly 18,000 local and national posts.[Source: Yahoo! News]

  • Failure of elections recommended for 11 areas – Failure of elections has been recommended to 11 municipalities in the Visayas and Mindanao due to various reasons, among them the non-appearance of election inspectors, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said on Monday. Included in these towns are Masiu, Lumba-Bayabao, Lumba-Unayan and Tubaran in Lanao del Sur where members of the board of election inspectors (BEI) failed to show up, said Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez at a press briefing. Jimenez said they have yet to determine the reason behind the non-appearance of BEI members in these areas.

  • Comelec corrects canvassing rules for HK, Singapore – The Commission on Election (Comelec) has admitted committing an “oversight” in the guidelines it issued for the overseas absentee voting (OAV) program in Hong Kong and Singapore. Comelec Commissioner Armando Velasco said the commission erred in the previous resolution it issued, particularly on the distribution of the Certificate of Canvass (COC) of votes.

  • 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. Sen. Benigno Aquino III _ whose father was assassinated while opposing a dictatorship and whose late mother led the “people power” revolt that restored freedoms _ commanded a large lead in the presidential race, according to the last pre-election polls.

  • Philippine National Elections has ended. Live Results from Yahoo! Purple Thumb. – The Philippine National Election has just started and voters flock to their assigned precinct to cast their votes that would choose the next leader of the country. And the Commission on Election (COMELEC), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), and other non-government organizations are busy managing all the problems and glitches encountered in several voting locations in the country. These problems includes the alleged rampant vote buying using cash reaching over 3,000 pesos & free grocery package in several places in the country, manipulation of voters by incumbent local officials, complains about small “bilog na hugis itlog”, several voters going home due to long lines in the polling precincts and the inability to find their assigned precincts as well as few election related violence.

  • Damp ballots rejected in Agusan provinces — Rejected ballots due to dampness were only one of the problems that marred the conduct of automated elections in two Agusan provinces on Monday, according to the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV). Grace Broncano, PPCRV’s head of operations in Agusan del Sur and Agusan del Norte, said heavy rains in the area caused many voters to cast their votes with wet hands.

  • 23% overseas votes cast four hours before polls end – With about four hours left before the May 10 polls officially end, Filipinos abroad who voted in under the Overseas Absentee Voting (OAV) program remains at 23 percent, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said Monday. Only 134,000 of the 589,830 voters registered overseas have cast their votes for the 2010 elections, Comelec Commissioner Armando Velasco, who heads the poll body’s OAV committee, said.

  • Poll-related violence mars first RP automated elections – As more than 50 million registered voters trooped to the polling precincts in the Philippines‘ first automated elections Monday, law enforcers reported several incidents of poll violence, most of them in Mindanao. The first election-related incident was reported in Kidapawan City, where a supporter of an incumbent lawmaker died and his companion was wounded in a strafing incident. [See: Kidapawan City reports first election day violence]

  • Comelec chooses precincts for random manual checks – The Commission on Elections began at 11:30 a.m. the drawing of lots for the more than 1,000 precincts to undergo Random Manual Audit (RMA), a mechanism to check if the poll counting machines produced accurate results. The draw, which is ongoing as of posting time, is being led by Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) Henrietta de Villa, as well as Comelec Chair Jose Melo and other poll body commissioners.

  • 328 defective poll machines detected so far — Smartmatic – Aside from logistical problems, poll machine supplier Smartmatic-Total Information Management (TIM) on Monday said it has found 328 defective machines during the ongoing conduct of the automated elections. Smartmatic Asia president Cesar Flores said the company has already replaced 239 of the defective Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines. He added that the remaining 89 are in the process of being replaced.

  • Over 400 defective poll machines found, replaced, Smartmatic says – (Updated 8:40 PM) Besides logistical problems, poll machine supplier Smartmatic-Total Information Management (TIM) said it has found over 400 defective machines during the ongoing conduct of the automated elections as of 6:00 p.m. on Monday. The company has already replaced 308 of the defective Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines, Smartmatic Asia President Cesar Flores said.

  • Villar expresses relief, confidence in RP’s first automated polls Now that he has cast his vote and is now eagerly awaiting the results of a gruelling presidential race he has invested heavily in, Nacionalista Party standard-bearer Sen. Manny Villar said he is relieved to get over the ordeal. “I’m glad that it’s finally over. I slept very well last night. I am very relieved to have finished taking part in the presidential race,” Villar told a slew of local and foreign reporters shortly after casting his vote in his home turf of Las Piñas City this morning.

  • ‘Unexpected’ surge in users causes Comelec website to crash – An unexpected surge in the number of users accessing the website of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) caused it to crash, a poll body official said Monday. In an interview with GMANews.TV, Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said they did not expect that there would be so much demand for the poll body’s main website, which has an option where voters can search for their precincts.

  • Reports of massive vote-buying reach PPCRV-Butuan -BUTUAN CITY- Complaints of unabashed vote-buying via text messages and phone calls continued to hound the offices of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), the citizen’s arm of the Commission on Elections (Comelec), here on Monday. Grace Broncano, PPCRV operations head in the provinces of Agusan del Norte and Agusan del Sur-Butuan Diocese, urged the tens of thousands of complainants to provide evidence so that authorities could act on their calls and text messages.

  • Four dead in Philippine election day violence – Four people were killed in two separate outbursts of violence related to national elections held in the Philippines on Monday, authorities said. Three people were shot dead and 10 others wounded when police clashed with supporters of a mayoral candidate in the southern province of Zamboanga Sibugay before dawn, local military spokesman Captain Arnold Gasalatan said.

  • For some senior citizens in Tarlac, automated polls is easier — For some senior citizens who voted in the same precinct in Tarlac where Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III is voting, the automated election system is easier compared to the previous manual system. A number of senior citizens who voted in the polling precinct at the Central de Azucarrera Elementary School in Tarlac City said they prefer the automated system as they only had to locate the names of their candidates — albeit sometimes with some assistance — and shade it.

  • On Election Day, PNP reiterates loyalty pledge to Constitution – Moments before 50 million Filipinos were to troop to polling centers to cast their votes, the Philippine National Police reiterated its loyalty to the 1987 Constitution and the people. PNP chief Director General Jesus Verzosa reiterated the PNP’s vow to keep the country’s first automated elections orderly.

  • Report: Fake money spreads in Capiz province – Fake money has started to spread in Capiz province in Western Visayas and threatens to mar the first automated elections there. A report on dzXL quoted Roxas City election officer lawyer Jomar Betita as saying that local voters had reported the incident to him. Betita said some voters went to his office bringing with them counterfeit P1,000 bills placed inside envelopes.

  • Kidapawan City posts 1st Election Day violence — Local police say a supporter of an incumbent lawmaker died while his companion was wounded in a strafing incident that occurred at 1:05 a.m. Monday, the first reported Election Dday violence. Superintendent Chino Mamburam, the city police director identified the fatality as Johnny Magbanua, 28, single and resident of Barangay (village) Meohao this city. Leo Laguindanom was injured, he was in safe condition at the Kidapawan City Doctors’ Hospital Inc, Mamburam said. Magbanua’s group was reportedly chasing a white multicab with supporters of Rep. Bernardo Piñol’s rival congressional bet Nancy Catamco when unidentified men staffed them. Nancy’s camp was allegedly spreading black propaganda materials against Piñol.

One-hour extension would be “insufficient”

Party list group Bayan Muna urged the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to extend the voting hours beyond 7 p.m.

Saying the one-hour extension would be “insufficient,” Bayan Muna Representative Teddy Casino appealed for the voting hours to be extended to 11 p.m. “This appeal is based on the report of many voters and the media in various provinces all over the country about the delay in the start of the voting, up to 9:00 am in some instances,” according to the letter addressed to Comelec Chairman Jose Melo.[Source:Yahoo! Southeast Asia]

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