By Tina G. Santos
International observers said Monday’s balloting was generally credible, but they expressed concerns over lack of secrecy in the voting process, long queues, vote-buying and breakdowns of the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines.
By Jocelyn R. Uy
The National Citizens Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel) said on Sunday that more than 400 dead people have been included in the computerized voters list (CVL) while at least 20 others who have been abroad during the past two elections have not been deleted from the official list.
By Philip C. Tubeza
The first eight winning senators could be proclaimed within 48 hours from the close of the voting on Election Day, Commission on Elections (Comelec) chair Sixto Brillantes Jr. said on Tuesday.
By Tarra Quismundo
One seafarer had not voted in nearly 18 years. Another thought the Binay on the ballot was Vice President Jejomar Binay suddenly seeking a Senate seat. Still, another has been out of the show biz loop and thought reelectionist Juan Miguel Zubiri was still dating singer-actress Vina Morales.
By Nimfa U. Rueda
Overseas absentee voting (OAV) at the Philippine Consulate General here got off to a slow but smooth start (Sunday in Manila) as consular officials said they were anticipating the bulk of the votes to come in – by mail or delivered to the consulate office in person – during the last two weeks of the voting period.