Sunday, 5 July 2009

Palace elated over resolution of poll automation snags

Malacañang today expressed elation over the smooth resolution of the snags in poll automation for next year following the compromise reached between winning bidders Total Information Management and foreign partner, SmartMatic of Colombia.

In an interview over Radyo ng Bayan, Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Lorelei Fajardo said “this is good news as everyone, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and the entire nation, is waiting for poll automation to happen.”

“We are very happy and we hope that our countrymen will have complete faith and trust in the Commission on Elections now. They saw that we are doing everything possible to ensure that our 2010 polls will be smooth and orderly,” she said.

Fajardo called on everyone’s support to put an end to all speculations and criticisms.” What we need now is for us to work together and put our trust in our institutions.”

“Let us be vigilant in protecting our right of suffrage, with or without automation. The success of our election in 2010 rests on the hands of our countrymen, so their full support is very vital. We must watch our vote even if there is poll automation,” she said.

Fajardo expressed hopes that the scheduled signing of the contract between TIM and SmartMatic on the implementation of the poll automation will “push through without snags.”

“I’m sure they also have their social responsibility to fulfill their commitment. We are hoping and I suppose that there’ll be no more problems. If there will be problems along the way, then these can be settled. We should hope for the best and be optimistic about it,” she said. (PND)

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