October 25, 2010
MANILA, Philippines – At least two senators have expressed dismay over this Monday’s conduct of the barangay (village) and Sangguniang Kabataan elections, citing the lack of preparation of the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
“It seems a lot of more could have been done to ensure greater preparation on the part of the Comelec,” Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan said in a text message.
“After the May 2010 election, one would have expected at the very least a level of performance equal to the previous effort,” he said.
But it appeared that instead of “moving full speed,” Pangilinan said the Comelec has experienced “engine trouble.”
“We should build on previous gains and move ahead rather than squander it and move backwards,” he added.
Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla was equally disappointed with the Comelec.
“There were delays in the opening of precincts, confusion in the voters’ lists and all the other problems in manual elections. Akala ko graduate na tayo sa mga ganyang problema pero mukhang mas grabe pa (I thought we are through with these problems, but it appears they serious this time,” he said.
“There is now a growing unrest among voters in polling places and Comelec must act quickly to address growing concerns,” Revilla added.
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