P-Noy unhappy with barangay, SK poll turnout PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 28 October 2010 15:26

Dissatisfied with the turnout of the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections, President Benigno Simeon Aquino III said Monday that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) should have prepared more for the electoral process.

Speaking before members of the media at the Central Azucarera de Tarlac (CAT) Elementary School here, the President noted the delay in the delivery of election paraphernalia caused the deferment of the process in several areas nationwide.

“Compared to the automated elections, this is a simpler undertaking," said the President, stressing that the law has specified this date for the elections which means preparations ought to have been made. “We need to know the reason for the delay,” he stressed.

The Comelec in Manila said that the delays were merely caused by the late delivery of poll materials. Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said the problems were caused by road hitches and shipping delays.

"There were several instances where delivery trucks suffered flat tires. In some cases, they left Manila late because of shipping scheduling and flights not being available. (But) they tried to recover as much as possible because the schedule was very, very tight," he said.

In a separate interview, Comelec chairman Jose Melo said that some ballots have to be reprinted due to unintentional duplication of serial numbers which also caused the delay.

However, the Comelec also issued Resolution 9079 allowing Board of Election Tellers to add one Arabic numeral after the last digit of the duplicated serial number to render the ballots usable.

Melo did not issue any statement on who should be blamed for the problem. He just pointed the "antiquated printing presses" for what happened. "I don't want to be blaming anybody," he said.

Comelec Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal said the printing of ballots was supposed to run for just 45 days. It was however extended to 60 days.