France congratulates Philippines for successful conduct of automated polls

19:18, May 17, 2010      

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The French government on Monday congratulated the Philippines for the successful conduct of the country's first automated election held May 10.

"Despite the still considerable number of violent incidents and murders whose perpetrators must be investigated, prosecuted and punished, the 2010 elections appears generally well conducted and constitute a significant advance in the light of previous polls," the French embassy said in a statement.

The statement said a special recognition has to be given to the Commission on Elections, poll watchdogs Parish Pastoral Council of Responsible Voting and the Legal Network for Truthful Elections for their efforts in the last election.

The embassy also recognizes the decision of the Filipinos on their decision to give the Presidential position to Senator Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III "who has declared his intention to continue his parents' tradition of service to the country."

Aquino's mother, the late President Corazon Aquino, was invited as guest of honor at the 200th anniversary of the French Revolution held in Paris, on July 14, 1989.

The Embassy of France expressed its eagerness to work with the Aquino administration and further develop the friendship and cooperation between the two countries.

Source: Xinhua


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