Monday, May 21, 2007

Namfrel to field more volunteers in Lanao special polls

The National Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel) will be fielding additional volunteers in 13 towns in Lanao del Sur where special polls will be held over the weekend, the poll watchdog's chair said Tuesday.

"This time, we want to make sure that the process of election (will be) proper and peaceful...that people can vote freely and without fear," Edward Go told reporters in a press briefing.

Go said the votes in the affected towns in Lanao del Sur, plus the votes in Maguindanao could affect the results of the senatorial ranking from 8 to 15.

About 100,000 voters will cast their votes on May 26 in the 13 towns in Lanao del Sur. The province has about 396,722 registered voters. On the other hand, Maguindanao has about 300,000 registered voters.

In the same briefing, Go said his group has yet to receive any election returns (ERs) from their field volunteers in Sultan Kudarat.

Go added he is still awaiting the report of Namfrel’s chapter in Sultan Kudarat as to why no ERs have yet been delivered to Greenhills in San Juan from the area.

"Masyado kasi kaming naka-focus sa Maguindanao. But I was told that unlike in Maguindanao na hindi ma-locate noong una ang mga volunteer, sa Sultan Kudarat naman they were all accounted and nothing had happened," he said. - Fidel Jimenez, GMANews.TV