Flying Voters And Dagdag-Bawas In The 2010 Polls
I should be clapping.
It’s undeniable positive news for the Commission on Elections to be reporting that it has discovered more than 700,000 multiple and double registrants in its voters’ lists using its computer program that checks voters’ registration records.
But the proverbial fly is in the ointment: the finding that Cavite, the
Philippines’ one-time Wild Wild West (where gunfights were the norm to settle political spats), had the most number of double and multiple registrants with 47,016, followed by three different districts of the National Capital Region including 2nd District (46,870), 4th District (46,281) and 3rd District (38,056).
There are also large numbers of double and multiple registrants in Cebu (23,602) and Davao del Sur (34,557).
Spotted the problem?
Cebu is the reputed bailiwick of the outgoing regime while Davao del Sur is one of the favorite operating center of election fraud central that Mindanao is!!!
The COMELEC audit of voters’ lists also tells this story: there appears to indeed be still an organized effort to deploy flying voters in vote-rich areas.
It’s also a no-brainer to realize two disturbing aspects:
- That the discovery of 700,000 multiple voter registrants can very well be just the tip of the iceberg, and:
- Such a number – 700,00 – would be enough to erase the winning margin of reform minded senatorial hopefuls who are bringing up the rear but whose current voter preference ratings put them in the “Magic 12” winning circle.
It is no wonder that civic leaders like Mr. Raul Concepcion of the
Consumers Oil Price Watch group has this view:
So far I am not convinced that the technology and equipment needed for the automation will be be ready in time. It seems many materials and training procedures had not yet been completed.
There is apprehension. They say they will have to buy new batteries, but you will buy all of that today? It’s too late! I’m worried about the state of preparedness. This is the most crucial elections in the history of the country.
The energy crisis is also a concern, given the shortage of power supply currently being experienced in many parts of the country. Power barges need to be purchased so that these worries are addressed.
The elections will be on May 10. If these concerns are not answered to our satisfaction by then, then I’m sorry, but I will be very pessimistic.
The international elections watchdog group National Democratic Institute was here last week to look at the election preparations and issued a glum assessment:
While progress has been made in many areas, concerns remain as to the efficacy of the election preparations, the lack of dialogue between those administering the process and civil society groups committed to effectively monitoring it as well as other areas.
The proposed sample for a manual audit of the electronic count is too small to make it reliable.
It recommended that auditing should focus on a sample of machines rather than precincts.
Keep faith Mr. Concepcion. You are not the only one staying vigilant and keeping faith.
Whatever happens we will overcome.