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PGMA asks citys mayor to help ensure honest polls

Manila (15 January) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo asked city mayors to help the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) ensure a clean, honest and fair elections in May.

The President sounded the call in her keynote address at the 55th General Assembly of the League of Cities of the Philippines held at the Manila Pavilion.

"The real challenge is for you to make your respective cities a model of free, fair and open elections," the President said.

According to the President, the COMELEC should ensure credible and orderly elections through the automated polling system, but the city executives and their town counterparts have a duty to help out in the attainment of this noble objective for the people of your cities and the rest of the country.

She stressed that the success of the May elections is crucial to the country's political and economic stability in 2010, while its failure or deferment could trigger unrest.

The President had earlier doused cold water on speculations that automated polls will not push through this May and that there is a great possibility of no election and no-proclamation of the winning candidates.

Last Tuesday, after the National Security Council meeting, she announced the country is ready for automated polls and that there will be no failure of elections.

After elections, the President said, the mayors should exert extra effort to improve the lives of their constituents.

"With your unceasing hardwork and your support I know we will beat the odds and make the Philippines a First World country in 20 years," the President said. (PIA) [top]

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