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article imagePhilippines: Watchdog urges completion of election results Special

By Alexander Martin Remollino     May 14, 2010 in Politics
Quezon City - An election monitoring group has urged the Philippines' Commission on Elections (Comelec) to complete the transmission of election results.
In a press conference earlier today, Kontra Daya conveners said delays in the transmission of results and canvassing of votes could put the credibility and integrity of the counting in question.
The 2004 and 2007 elections were marred by allegations of massive fraud. The automation of Philippine elections failed to ease fears that fraud can still be committed.
Around 10 percent of precinct results have yet to be transmitted to the Comelec. Also, as of early last night, the National Board of Canvassers had been able to process only 60 out of 274 certificates of canvass.
"Our particular concern right now is the very slow pace of the transmission of results," said Kontra Daya convener Fr. Joe Dizon. "This slowness opens the way for those who may have nefarious plans to tamper with the results of the recently concluded elections."
Dizon added that four days after the elections, Kontra Daya continues to receive reports about various irregularities that took place in last Monday's elections.
Grace Poe-Llamanzares, another Kontra Daya convener, meanwhile urged all concerned citizens to exert pressure on those in the precincts that have yet to transmit results.
Carlitos Siguion Reyna, also a Kontra Daya convener, said delays in the canvassing make him feel the same way that he did in 2004.
Siguion Reyna, a film director, supported Llamanzares's father, the late actor Fernando Poe Jr., in the 2004 presidential elections -- in which Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo trounced him by more than a million votes. Discrepancies in election data and many other observed irregularities boosted widespread allegations that Poe was cheated of victory.
"The longer the canvassing takes, the more they're inviting opportunities for 'special operations,' the more they're inviting opportunities for manipulating the votes," Siguion Reyna said. "The Comelec should make all efforts to speed up the transmission and complete the counting."
Prof. Giovanni Tapang agreed with his three fellow Kontra Daya conveners. "The more the counting is delayed, the more room there is for maneuver," he said.
The Comelec has announced that it may be able to proclaim the winning senators and party-list groups by tomorrow.
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