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Comelec, PPCRV for non-postponement of May 10 polls

Iloilo City (7 May) -- Commission on Elections (Comelec) 6 Regional Director Atty. Ray Rene Boac said, in a radio interview, that the elections on May 10 will push through as the Comelec and Smartmatic has poured in all efforts and resources to address recent automation glitches.

Boac said with the memory cards for the PCOs machines arriving on time, they will be ready anytime before May 10 to conduct the testing and sealing without delay for Monday's polls.

In a related development, the Smartmatic Regional Office said their machines are 100 percent ready for the polls on Monday and they are doing everything not to fail in their reputation as Comelec partner in the country's first automated elections.

Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) Archdiocesan Coordinator Msgr. Meliton Oso said the recent automation glitches are not reasons enough to postpone the May 10 elections.

Oso said he believed the Comelec and all those involved are working hard to make the first automation successful, hence the people should trust even as they must be vigilant at all times also.

Meanwhile, in its most recent pastoral statement, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), through its president Bishop Nereo Odchimar called on the faithful to "downplay rumors of negative situation on May 10 polls that feed on the people's fears".

Odchimar said despite the glitches and the unabated electoral violations, there are "spaces of hope" that continue to emerge from people devoted to genuine change in the country.

He cited the prayer vigils, recollection among candidates and other discernment activities by church networks as efforts in pursuit of clean and credible elections.

The CBCP president also called on the faithful to be extra vigilant and patient concerning the first-ever automated elections, and choose the way of God during elections by choosing good and rejecting evil."

On the other hand, Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Gary Olivar said in one of his press briefings, asked the public to give Comelec a chance and to respect their assurance that they can do the job. (PIA6/ESS) [top]

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