PNP, Comelec rate NVizcaya automated polls a success
by Ben Moses Ebreo
Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya (May 13) -- Officials of the Commission on Elections(COMELEC) and the Philippine National Police(PNP) here have praised the conduct of the first automated national and local elections in the provinces a success due to its stable peace and order situation before, during and after the electoral process.
"Though there are many technical problems encountered during the actual process of the first automated elections, it was a success because it resulted into a peaceful one," said Hilda Padilla, assistant provincial election officer here.
Padilla said that the ongoing delay of the canvassing of votes at the provincial level, particularly the failure of the Canvassing and Consolidation Laptops(CCLs) in transmitting correct data was the only major hindrances to the speedy electoral process brought by the automated mode of elections.
She however, stressed that the canvassing of election results at the provincial level will soon continue after the CCLs which were transported to Metro Manila early today will be configured properly.
"Once they are configured and becomes operational, they can transmit immediately the remaining results to us so that we can resume and finish the canvassing of all pending election results," she said.
The COMELEC yesterday suspended the canvassing of election results at the provincial level after four CCLs were discovered transmitting erroneous data at the municipal level, prompting the issuance of an en banc resolution ordering COMELEC provincial officers to suspend the canvassing of votes pending the reconfiguration of the CCLs.
On the other hand, Police Senior Supt. Pedro Danguilan,Jr. police provincial director for Nueva Vizcaya said the automated elections in the province was a result of a multi-sectoral cooperation between election volunteers and the local police force in the province.
He said that the police could have not responded immediately to election-related irregularities if not for the vigilance of volunteers of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) before, during and after the crucial periods of the elections.
"We only responded to alleged vote buying activities and when we arrived, they were already gone. It is good that we have vigilant volunteers," Danguilan said.
He also added that peaceful elections in the province can also be attributed to the intensified campaign on loose firearms and the gun ban in place, as ordered by the COMELEC. (PIA NVizcaya) [top]