National Elections 2010

Foreign observers witness gunfight, election violence in Tugaya, Lanao del Sur

LANAO DEL SUR-A two-hour gunfight erupted as polling places opened in Tugaya, Lanao del Sur at about nine-thirty in the morning of election day, killing one young woman and wounding two others.

Aslea Panda died four hours later in a hospital in Marawi City while her brother Sobair Panda was also wounded.  Another unidentified victim was treated from gunshot wounds. Relatives of Tugaya mayor Alimatar Guro Alim and rival Mangawan Balindong Pacalna exchanged M60 machine gun fire and rifle-propelled grenades, as well as assault rifle and semi-automatic pistol fire.
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Kontra Daya initial mid-day statement: trend of massive disenfranchisement emerges

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Kontradaya
The first five hours of country’s first automated national elections have been characterized by delayed voting,  slow and poorly organized voting system, and widespread PCOS machine malfunction. There were also sporadic reports of cases of poll-related violence in several areas.
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Foreign observers in Quezon witness PCOS machine failure, confusion in voting

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ST Exposure
Foreign observers in Quezon witness PCOS machine failure, confusion in voting in Mauban town, today May 10, 2010. Rosela Rogado, Board of Election Inspector member in Precinct 46 explained their contingency measure to address the delay upon advise by COMELEC.

Difficulties encountered in polls in Abra

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Keith Detros
MALIBCONG, ABRA In a precinct in Abra, foreign observers report that voting takes about approximately 8 minutes for each individual. This causes long queues in the area. Compounding to this are the problems related to the official list of voters in the precinct. Difficulties encountered include names being misspelled. or ultimately being not included in the list. Moreover, there have been cases of invalid ballots in the same precinct.  read more »Click the images below for bigger versions:
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Foreign observers witness first-hand chaos in automated elections

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ST Exposure
BACOOR, CAVITE Delegates of the International Observers’ Mission witnessed first-hand how the first automated national and local elections are being conducted, albeit chaotically in the Philippines. Mambog Elemetary School opened at exactly 7 in the morning  and election irregularities were found as observers interviewed PPCRV volunteers and local voters in the area. Many voters complain waiting in line for hours in their assigned voting precints. Some came to the precints as early as 6am and finished voting at 9am.  read more »

Amidst positive COMELEC reports of Luzon polls, PCOS machines fail; Irregularities all-over Southern Tagalog

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Rev. Ruel Garcia, Pagbabago–Southern Tagalog

Within the first three hours after election day opened, Southern Tagalog regional poll-watchdog Kontra Daya, Kontra Karahasan already received from poll watchers numerous reports of PCOS machine breakdowns and election irregularities in various clustered precincts around the region. This is despite the Commission on Election’s (COMELEC) assurance yesterday that polls are ready to commence in Luzon.

PCOS machine failure
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International observers field report on conduct on elections in Tarlac, Central Luzon


3:51 minutes (3.54 MB)Together with Riza Jopson of Kodao Productions, the People's International Observers Mission in Tarlac, Central Luzon podcasts a report directly from polling precinct.

Int'l Observers fear that democracy in Lanao del Sur may again be waylaid

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People's International Observers Mission
Marawi City-The People’s International Observers’ Mission expressed fear that democracy in Lanao del Sur may again be waylaid after learning from election inspectors that Lanao del Sur precincts still have to receive their compact flash cards a few hours before voting is supposed to start.
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PCOS testing in Lucena City

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ST Exposure and the People's Int'l Observers Mission
Foreign delegates of the People's International Observers Mission (PIOM) in Quezon Province observed several glitches during the PCOS testing and mock elections at Gulanggulang Elementary School in Lucena City today. In this clip, Kathryn Breiber shares her observations during the conduct of the late testing process.
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