[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 7 May 2010 Friday

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Neewsbriefs 7 May 2010 Friday

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan


SC dismisses petitions to postpone May 10 polls (abs-cbnNEWS.com)
MANILA, Philippines (1st UPDATE) - The Supreme Court dismissed on Friday all petitions to postpone the May 10 elections, clearing all legal obstacles to the country's first nationwide automated elections.

"As far as the Supreme Court is concerned, it's all systems go [for the automated elections]," Supreme Court spokesman Midas Marquez told radio dzMM.

Marquez said that in a special en banc session, magistrates junked the petitions filed by former President Joseph Estrada, the group of lawyer Harry Roque and the Philippine Computer Society asking for a postponement of the automated elections.

The court spokesman said that the magistrates did not see "grave abuse of discretion on the part of the Comelec."

He said technicality was also one of the reasons cited to reject the petitions.

"All these petitions are defective because [the petitions] should have been initially filed with the Comelec. In effect, there's a technicality," Marquez said.

Comelec to comply with SC ruling on automation (INQUIRER.net)

MANILA, Philippines - The Commission on Elections said Friday that it would comply with the Supreme Court ruling ordering the poll body to make public all documents pertaining to its preparations for the automated elections, with just days to go before election day.

"We will abide by the lawful order of the SC [Supreme Court]," said Comelec spokesman James Jimenez.

Cops, lawyers' group to monitor election law violations (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

MANILA, Philippines-Amid fears of widespread chaos on election day, the Philippine National Police and a lawyers' group on Friday joined hands in monitoring violations of election laws that may undermine the results of the May 10 balloting.

In a simple ceremony at Camp Crame, PNP Director General Jesus Verzosa signed a memorandum of agreement with representatives of the Legal Network for Truthful Elections (Lente), a citizen's arm accredited by the Commission on Elections.

Under the agreement, Lente will provide legal assistance to policemen who may face lawsuits in connection with their election duties.

On the other hand, the PNP will provide security to Lente's lawyers and network of volunteers who will be fielded across the country to monitor the elections.

"This (agreement) is very important. We want to be with them. to have a concerted effort to really (realize) fair, transparent, free and credible elections," Verzosa said in his speech.

Poll machine tests extended until a day before elections (www.gmanews.tv)
 (Updated 4:46 p.m.) The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has extended its timetable for sealing and testing automated voting machines until May 9, Sunday, just one day before the elections.

Besides extending field tests for precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines, resolution 8865 - issued by the Comelec en banc - also nullified a previous resolution 8758. 

The earlier resolution says that the testing and sealing of the PCOS machines should be conducted three to seven days before election day, ensuring that the equipment is in good working order. 

The Board of Election Inspectors - composed mostly of teachers - are expected to test 10 pre-shaded ballots and see whether the PCOS unit will be able to read the votes.

Comelec Resolution 8865 said that that extension was made due to the failure of some PCOS machines to read some votes accurately last Monday, forcing the Comelec to pull out and replace all the compact flash (CF) cards in the voting machines.


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