Elections in Cebu 'generally successful, peaceful'
Cebu City (10 May) -- "Successful and generally peaceful" is the general assessment given by the Commission on Elections (Comelec-7) and the Police Regional Office (PRO-7) in the overall conduct of the first-ever poll automation in Cebu and the rest of Central Visayas.
Comelec-7 Regional Director Atty. Dennis Ausan bared "the automated polls was a success despite all the difficulties everybody experienced." Ausan was referring to the common complaints of voters on the long queue and the minor glitches of the Precinct Count Optical Scanner (PCOS) machines.
PRO-7 Chief Gen. Lani-o Nerez also said that although there were some hitches along the way and heavy grumbling among voters on the slow voting process, "but with the help of our security forces and the BEIs (Board of Election Inspectors), all the problems were solved."
Ausan said that all the polling precincts in Cebu were already closed by 7:00 p.m. and that several precincts have already started if not completed transmitting the results to either the municipal or city board of canvassers.
"We are now in phase 2 which is the transmission of results," according to Ausan.
Ausan again emphasized on the successful conduct of the polls even if "there were some projections that there would be failure of elections."
Although Ausan quickly admitted that failure in elections was true in some areas but "in Region 7, all the polling precincts function albeit there were some delays."
As to the turnout of voters, the Comelec-7 director said they are still hovering somewhere with 80 percent of even higher.
"We cannot give an exact figure yet but maybe by tomorrow, we can come up with a definite statistics," Ausan said.
AFP-Central Command Deputy Civil Military Operations Maj. Christopher Tampus on the other hand, said they continue to dispense with their responsibility in securing the communication and power facilities even as voting has ended as the transmission of results is extremely critical.
Judge Gabriel Ingles of the Cebu-Citizens Involvement and Maturation for People's Empowerment and Liberation (C-Cimpel) also thanked the voters that despite the slow voting process, they waited the long queue to cast their vote and participate in the historic electoral process. (PIA-Cebu/FCR) [top]