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Initial voters' education campaign in Maguindanao deemed successful

Koronadal City (4 February) -- Officials of the Maguindanao COMELEC provincial office are elated over the enthusiasm and interest of local voters to participate in the first automated polls on May 10.

Maguindanao Provincial Election Supervisor Estelita Orbase noted the active participation of local officials, sectoral organizations, election watch groups, the youth and students in the 14 towns they have covered for the voters' education campaign.

Orbase said, it is interesting to note that the most common concern raised by the students is issue on the reported hacking of some government websites.

The students expressed fear and apprehension on the possibility of commission of fraud and cheating by unscrupulous individuals during the May 10 elections because of hacking, Orbase said.

She explained that the automated machines and other equipment to be used in the May 10 polls are safe from hacking and that necessary precautionary measures are in place to ensure smooth and clean election, and speedy poll counting.

"Before we transmit any report, we have to print hard copies and after transmission, we have to print another 22 copies, so may hard copies na maiiwan for comparison purposes and ready reference," she said.

At least, I can say that our voters especially the new ones are enlightened and satisfied with the conduct of the education campaign, Orbase added.

Considering that Maguindanao has 36 towns, Orbase assured to complete the voters' education campaign in the remaining areas in one month.

Several towns and barangays in the province have been identified as "areas of concern" and "areas of immediate concern". (pbc/PIA) [top]

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