Comelec chief: 2016 polls relatively more peaceful, orderly

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016. Filed under: Philippine News
President Benigno S. Aquino III leads the 52 million Filipino registered voters in casting the vote for the 2016 elections at precinct 175-A at the Central Azucarera de Tarlac Elementary School in Barangay San Miguel, Tarlac City on Monday (May 09). (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III leads the 52 million Filipino registered voters in casting the vote for the 2016 elections at precinct 175-A at the Central Azucarera de Tarlac Elementary School in Barangay San Miguel, Tarlac City on Monday (May 09). (MNS photo)

MANILA, May 10 (Mabuhay) –  Despite various election-related violence reports and complaints of system glitches, Commission on Elections (Comelec) chair Andres Bautista said this year’s polls is still relatively more peaceful and orderly than the 2010 and 2013 elections.

“Again we try to compare this elections with that which happened in 2010 and 2013, what we’re trying to do is we’re trying to create performance scorecard that identified certain key performance indicators and key resolved areas by which we think Comelec performance should be measured against, and we looked at the scorecard and again by at large we can say that we’ve done better in 2016 as compared to the past elections,” he said.

The Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) said Monday it received disenfranchisement complaints coming from Quezon City, San Mateo, Caloocan, Novaliches, Puerto Princesa, Antipolo, Marikina, Antipolo, Legazpi, Camarines Sur, and other towns and cities.

It added, in parts of Pangasinan, Ilocos Sur, North Cotabato and Metro Manila, some vote counting machines (VCMs) malfunctioned after processing the first 50 to 80 ballots.

Meanwhile, explosions, shooting incidents and other election-related violence were reported in Maguindanao, Abra, Cavite and Sarangani, among others.

But Bautista insisted these reports are still less than the complaints received during the last two elections.

“We should learn from the mistakes of the past and that we should try to improve all the time but we looked at the number of complaints in respect to the vote counting machines and they are still less than the complaints received in 2013 and 2010,” he said.

He also said in the next elections they will do their best to even further lower the election-related violence and complaints. (MNS)

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