Monday, 19 April 2010

Palace: Stop Comelec attacks and poll failure talk

Statement of the Presidential Spokesperson Ricardo Saludo, 16 April 2010

We join former Comelec chairman Christian Monsod in calling for an end to heckling the Comelec and unfounded speculation about deliberate election failure. We have always maintained that the May elections will not fail since it will use an automated counting system which is far less prone to failure than the past manual system that itself had never led to failed elections. The opposition should stop stirring undue alarm over the polls just to grab headlines.

Tama na ang walang basehang panira sa Comelec at sa paggamit ng kompiyuter sa halalan. Ayon sa survey, 80% ng mamamayan ang naniniwalang mas mahusay at mas madali ang automated elections kaysa sa manu-manong bilangan. Walang dahilan upang mangamba at maniwala sa mga kalaban ng demokrasya na handang sirain ang tiwala ng publiko sa halalan kung sakaling matalo sila.

Chairman Monsod's call is made even more pertinent and timely by the tragic death or wounding of dozens in Thai protests over election concerns. Our media and public figures are right to raise issues and call for solutions. At the same time, the Comelec should always be given the time and space to immediately address criticism and correct mistaken reports. Let us beware baseless predictions of election failure, and work together to strengthen our elections and our people's faith in our democratic processes. Palakasin at pagtiwalaan natin ang ating demokrasya. (PND)

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