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Comelec retreats, pledges ‘zombies’ purge 03/13/2010

Saturday, March 13, 2010

As Nograles goes to SC

Comelec retreats, pledges ‘zombies’ purge


With the threat of a possible order from the Supreme Court for the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to immediately purge the voters registration list containing double, multiple and dead voters that media have termed as “zombie” voters, following Speaker Prospero Nograles’ filing of a mandamus against the poll body, the Comelec yesterday hastily came up with Resolution 8791, resolving to “abate the other registration records of voters found to have double or multiple registration records as listed by the IT; direct the Board of Election inspectors not to allow these voters to vote in their respective precincts in the May 10, 2010 elections; delete the registration records of the voters in the next Election Registration Board (ERB) hearings; direct the Education and Information Department (EID) of the Commission on Elections to cause the publication of this Resolution in two daily newspapers of general circulation in the Philippines, and give it the widest dissemination; and direct the Election and Barangay Affairs Department in coordination with the ITD to implement this Resolution.

Asked by the Tribune to comment on the latest resolution, which appears to be the poll body’s reaction to his mandamus filed yesterday, Nograles, in a brief telephone interview said he is “giving the Commissioners the benefit of the doubt” in getting the zombie registrants delisted, but that his petition to the high court stays..... MORE

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Erap’s ‘command votes’ to propel victory 03/13/2010

Erap’s ‘command votes’ to propel victory


Former President Joseph Estrada, standard-bearer of Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP), enjoys substantial command votes of six to seven million, more than enough to win the presidency.

Professor Alfredo Sureta, executive director of survey firm StratPOLLS, said Estrada remains a “force to reckon with” in the presidential race. 

Sureta pointed out that the “ability of the candidates to translate the local support into votes” is a key factor that could change the “trend considerably.”

“Translating local support into votes can only be felt once the local campaigns get into full swing,” he pointed out.
Sureta acknowledged that Estrada is “worth watching when it comes to translating local support (into votes) because he still enjoys the loyalty of local leaders.”... MORE

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Denials — dime and dozen EDITORIAL 03/13/2010

Denials — dime and dozen

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Denials — as far as candidates, through their emissaries seeking the withdrawal of another candidates go —cannot be taken as truth, simply because this is not only the usual practice in the country among election bets but also because the withdrawal of one candidate from the race, along with his endorsement, can spell victory for one candidate over his rival.

Say presidential candidate A and candidate B are in a tight race and can’t seem to get more votes, since the two have more or less hit a plateau by way of getting more votes, or are on the downswing. 

As insurance, either candidate would naturally try to deal with say, candidate C, or D, in a bid to get C or D’s votes, especially if C or D has a strong endorsement power and could translate his endorsement into votes for candidate A or B.... MORE

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Still evasive, still reluctant FRONTLINE Ninez Cacho-Olivares 03/13/2010

Still evasive, still reluctant

Ninez Cacho-Olivares

Had Speaker Prospero Nograles not moved to have the zombie registrants removed by filing a mandamus before the high court, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) commissioners would have done nothing to clean up the voters’ list.

Recall that during the joint congressional panel hearing, the commissioners claimed that they cannot, motu propio, delist these double, multiple and dead voters, since this was now within the jurisdiction of the court — through exclusion proceedings, with even Comelec Chairman Jose Melo, even claiming that these registrants falling under the double, multiple and dead in the voters’ list simply committed “honest” mistakes.

Now suddenly, the Comelec comes up with a resolution saying in part, that the registration record (of such zombie voters) should be deleted in the next Election Registration Board hearings.... MORE

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