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Comelec gives greenlight for Monday's auto-polls

Tagbilaran City (7 May) -- All systems go, says Bohol Provincial poll supervisor Atty. Eliseo RZB Labaria, meaning the conduct of the country's historic automated elections.

Exuding with full confidence that the polls on Monday pushes through, Bohol poll authority urged individuals spinning speculations fanned by partisan camps to refrain from talking about failure of elections.

"There are a lot of factors about failure of elections and if it happens, it may be in some very isolated areas and not in general, Labaria told members of the local media gathered at the Camp Dagohoy Conference Hall Friday morning.

Observers who believed that the government has not satisfactorilly convinced the country that it has fully prepared for the historic elections also fanned the speculations.

The electric situation was even made more tense by government critics casting doubts about the supposed infallibility of the computer machines.

In Luzon early last week, a glitch in the computer program was found which showed faulty readings during mock tests.

TIM, Smartmatic, contractors of the billion peso automation however recommeded reprogramming, one they can immediately effect but would generally delay the machine testing and sealing.

In Bohol, Atty Labaria said they had discontinued delivering the PCOS after Monday due to the defective flash cards.

He however advised that just as the presscon was done, the compact data cards needed to run the poll program came.

He also added that as per their new timetable, the Comelec proceeds with the testing and sealing of the PCOS, Friday and Saturday.

"We will continue with the delivery and then test and seal the machines, in time for Monday," Labaria assured.

Of Bohol's 1109 barangays, there are at present some 1326 prescints including 56 polling centers in siland barangays.

Keeping the peace and orderly conduct of the elections in Bohol are about 922 regular members of the Philippine National police and a complement of the 2nd Special Forces Batallion scattered in strategic locations all over the island, reports 802nd brigade commander Brig Gen. Aland Luga duirng the same press conference.

Another quick reaction team is on standby and on call status to respond to whatever need arises, Gen. Luga disclosed. (PIA-Bohol) [top]

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