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Smooth voting debunks 'Noel', 'Rafael', election conspiracy theories - Monsod

Manila (11 May) -- Former Commission on Elections (COMELEC) chair Christian Monsod said that the "election conspiracy" theories hurled against the first automated national elections have been proven wrong as the country, he said, apparently passed the first tough hurdle in the first hours of yesterday's automated voting.

"The country has passed the 1st hurdle against conspiracies of failure of election," Monsod said on national television referring to the pre-election jitters caused by wild talks about possible election failure that may result from problems in the government's decision to adopt the new computerized voting scheme.

With the yesterday's early proceedings in the elections looking generally smooth in many polling places, Monsod said that what he is seeing otherwise, is a "celebration of democracy" as voters eagerly trooped to the polling centers.

He said voters have nothing to fear as the operations in the elections are in the hands of teachers.

A known critic and watcher of electoral malpractices, Monsod added he is optimistic with the recent turnout of voters in the first automated polls in the country. "Ang daming gusto bumoto (Many wanted to vote)," he said.

He appealed for the patience of voters as long queues reportedly formed in voting precincts.

Doubts in the capability of the Comelec and Smartmatic Inc., which supplied the new election technology, persisted when glitches surfaced in the configuration of the compact flash cards for some PCOS, or the counting machines.

Comelec and Smartmatic though assured that by election time 98 percent of the over 76,000 precincts would be holding automated elections.

The breakdown in some of the PCOS machines that is being experienced in some precincts is expected according to Monsod. He added that the Comelec placed back up machines precisely for such occurrences. (PIA-MMIO) [top]

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