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Foreign observers call PH polls ‘fair, orderly’ but cite nagging problems

President Aquino, accompanied by two of his sisters, waits for his turn—for 30 minutes—to vote at Precinct 175A at Central Azucarera de Tarlac Elementary School in Tarlac City on Monday. Aquino said he voted 12-0 for the administration’s Team PNoy Senate slate. With him are his sisters Ballsy and Pinky (2nd and 3rd from left) and brother-in-law Manuel Abellada. MALACAÑANG PHOTO BUREAU

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.

Posted: May 16th, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

Over 400 dead, 20 Filipinos abroad still in voters’ lists – Namfrel


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.

Posted: May 12th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

First 8 Senate winners to be proclaimed in 48 hours from end of voting—Comelec

Commission on Elections Chairman Sixto Brillantes. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

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.

Posted: May 7th, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

Filipino seafarers in Portugal get to vote for first time in years through OAV


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.

Posted: April 25th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

US-based Filipino voters trickle in at Philippine Consulate


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.

Posted: April 14th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »