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article imagePoll fraud allegations could delay proclamation of president

By Leo Reyes     May 25, 2010 in Politics
Quezon City - Allegations of fraud during the May 10 national elections in the Philippines could possibly delay the proclamation of the president and vice president according to election watchdog chair Henrieta de Villa of PPCRV.
This assessment came about when the House of Representatives resumed congressional inquiry on the nature and extent of reported poll fraud in the country's first automated election in history.
Losing as well as winning politicians have joined the congressional inquiry to denounce the anomalies in their respective areas but few have offered concrete evidence to support their allegations.
The former lady ambassador to Vatican and now chairperson of election watchdog Parish Pastoral council for Responsible voting (PPCRV) Henrieta de Villa commented on the ongoing inquiry:
"Senators have been proclaimed by the Comelec (Commission on Elections) in record time… It’s now up to Congress to write a fitting finish to our first automated elections,” said De Villa in the PPCRV's official website.
De Villa said they hope Congress would do its job of canvassing the votes instead of disrupting the canvassing process.
"Grandstanding in the name of accuracy has no place in any election system,” she said
Meanwhile, the joint session of the Senate and the House of Representatives has started Tuesday at the Batasan complex in Quezon City.
The joint session is mandated by the Philippine constitution to canvass the election returns for the president and vice-presidential candidates and to proclaim the winners.
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