Monday, May 7, 2007

'No local Namfrel quick count'

'No local Namfrel quick count'
BY CHRYSEE SAMILLANO - Bacolod City, Philippines (Visayan Daily Star)

The National Movement for Free Elections in Bacolod City will only conduct a "quick count" on senatorial candidates, Bacolod Comelec registrar Mavil Majarucon said.

She said Social Action Center director Fr. Aniceto Buenafe has informed her that the quick count of the national candidates will be done at the Bishop's House. She said that due to time constraints, NAMFREL could not deploy watchers in the polling precincts in the May 14 elections. Majarucon said she has informed the Department of Education through the Board of Election Inspectors, that NAMFREL will get their copies of the election returns at the Bays Center where they will be putting up a desk.

She said the list of BEI's were finalized last week and she has instructed her election assistants to provide copies to political parties like the Lakas and Nationalist People's Coalition that have pending requests with her office, for transparency.

Majarucon said three BEI's will be assigned to each precinct in Bacolod City

Meanwhile, Majarucon said she has only received 500 Election Day Computerized Voter's List from Comelec Manila and they still lack 1,197 for the total 1,697 precincts. The EDCVL contains the biometric data of voters, she said.

However, she perceives no problem during elections since they have already posted in the different barangays the list of voters for them to know their precinct numbers, Majarucon said. They have also conducted Voter's Information drives in the malls, she said.

Majarucon again appealed to the public to check the list of their precinct numbers in their barangays so they will have no problem locating them during the May 14 election.*CGS