Voting for Philippine general election begins (2)

08:12, May 10, 2010      

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In a resolution, the Comelec said it saw the need to put those places under control because of threats, heightened political rivalries, electoral anomalies, presence of armed groups and history of election-related in these places.

The resolution said the move is to "ensure the conduct of free, peaceful orderly, honest and credible elections" in the areas.

To implement the resolution, the Comelec had ordered the creation of a special task force composed of the highest Comelec, police and military officials in the concerned areas.

In the Philippines, elections have always been haunted by violence. According to police statistics, 229 election-related violence incidents occurred during the congressional mid-term election in 2007, killing 121 people and injuring 176; 249 election-related violence incidents occurred in the 2004 General Elections, causing the death of 148 people and injuring 261 people. Before the 2010 General Elections, election-related violence were still rampant, with the Maguindanao massacre, the worst ever in the Philippines, in which 57 people including media workers and pregnant women were slain, shocked the whole world.

Police figures released on April 26 showed that 27 people, including city councilors, village councilors, village leaders and common people, were killed and 37 people were injured from Jan. 10, when election campaigns started, to April 25.

Source: Xinhua
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