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Election 2010 peaceful in Pagadian, Zambo Sur

Pagadian City (11 May) -- The city and the rest of Zamboanga del Sur participated yesterday in the country's first automated local and national elections.

Provincial Election Supervisor Atty. Ignacio Baya said with 924 clustered precincts, 678 voting centers and 560,3390 registered voters, a heavy turn-out have been observed in the different precincts when they were opened at 7:00 o'clock in the morning.

A Voters' Assistance Desk has been established by the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) in polling places manned by volunteers to ensure clean and honest elections.

On the other hand, a Joint Security Coordinating Center (JSCC) composed of PNP, AFP and COMELEC personnel was also established to help maintain peace and order as well as facilitate the smooth flow of the election process.

In Pagadian City, 5 barangays experienced brownout yesterday from 2:50pm to 5:00pm due to three electric posts which fell down due to heavy rains.

As of press time, the BOC has yet to canvass the ERs contained in the remaining 12 CF cards. 132 CF cards were already transmitted & canvassed by the BOC. But the BOC could not give the partial results yet in order not to delay the transmission of data. However, BOC assured the public that results will be released after all CF cards will be submitted.

In spite of the campaign for a clean, honest and peaceful elections made by religious groups, the media and other concerned sectors, there was rampant vote buying and people openly sold their votes to politicians who gave out envelopes.

Some voters were also dismayed because some PCOS machines malfunctioned thereby delaying the voting process. Others complained of the long lines and the long waiting hours for them to be able to cast their votes and said it should have been more systematic. There was also lack of ballot secrecy folders and others were using ordinary folders in voting centers.

The first automated elections in the country yesterday was generally peaceful with no reported election-related violence. (PIA9-Pagadian) [top]

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