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Comelec thanks public for smooth elections

By Venus H. Sarmiento

Dagupan City (20 May) -- The Commission on Elections in Pangasinan has expressed gratitude to all sectors of the government and non-government organizations for the smooth conduct of the May 10 polls.

Provincial Election Supervisor Reddy Balarbar thanked the Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines, the Department of Education, Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting, media, Smartmatic, government agencies, non-government organizations and the voting public for making the first automated polls a success.

"I salute all those who helped the Comelec in carrying out our task to mount a good election. Salamat sa inyong lahat," Balarbar said during the KBP Forum held at the Philippine Information Agency office this morning.

Balarbar also thanked all the candidates for their belief in the system of automation and urged those who have complaints to look for the rejected ballots but explained that such move will not assure them that the rejected ballots bear their names.

He said he has submitted 27 audit reports to the Random Manual Audit Team in Manila which only found minor discrepancies.

As many hailed the automated elections for speedy results, there were several glitches but Balarbar dismissed these. "Nothing is perfect," he said.

The Comelec, he added, will try to reduce the number of precincts in the clusters next election to minimize long queues of voters resulting in minor feuds.

"Lahat ng glitches at iba pang bagay na nakita nating hindi maganda, susubukin nating baguhin and by next election, these things will have been ironed out," he said. (PIA-Pangasinan) [top]

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