Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Palace supports full automation of 2010 polls

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo strongly supports the full automation of next year’s elections.

Press Secretary Cerge M. Remonde said in a press briefing in Bukidnon that Malacanang is consistent with its desire to attain poll automation and that President Arroyo has earlier reiterated that there will be elections next year.

Malacanang, he added, trusts the Supreme Court in handling controversial cases. He was referring to the recent action of the Concerned Citizens Movement asking the Supreme Court to stop the Commission on Elections from releasing payments for the automation project.

“We believe that Supreme Court knows what is best, and they know how to handle the particular issues,” he noted.

Remonde pointed out that the direction of President Arroyo’s administration is clear and that it supports the full automation of the 2010 polls.

The CCM has asked the High Court to nullify the Comelec deal with Smartmatic and Total Information Management (TIM).

It had earlier questioned the legality of the contract and requested the court to issue a temporary restraining order on the signing of the deal on July 10. Although the court did not stop the signing, it set a hearing on July 29. (PND

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