Comelec declares failure of election in parts of Philippines, likely to hold special elections

18:43, May 10, 2010      

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The Philippine Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday declared failure of elections in the towns of Guimbal in Iloilo and Pagsanjan in Samar on Monday after security situation worsened on election day preventing people to cast their ballots while special elections in some towns in Lanao del Sur and Basilan are likely to be held.

Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez said an incident of ballot switching between Pagsanjan and Guimbal has prompted the poll body to declare failure of elections in those areas.

Jimenez said the Board of Election inspectors (BEIs) failed to report in the towns of Masiu, Lumba bayabao, Lumba kaunayuan, Marugong, Bayang, Sultan Dumalondong in Lanao del Sur and Albarka in Basilan which prevented voters to cast their ballots. The poll body is likely to declare failure of elections in those areas.

He said elections in Sumisip, Basilan was marred with violence and caused serious injury to a member of the marines who responded to some clashes.

"The quality of violence has gotten worse," Jimenez said, adding: "we are seeing open hostilities in some places. That's very unfortunate for us."

Jimenez said the aggressiveness of political rivals, "who seemed to be aware that they could no longer cheat" under the full automated elections has intensified election-related violence.

Jimenez said election results at the precinct levels are expected to be known officially between 9 p.m. to 10 p.m., while official results at the municipal level will be known at 3 a.m. Tuesday. Official results at the provincial level will be released in 36 hours while results for the president and vice presidential results will be known in 48 hours.



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