Perlas wants May 10 polls postponed
By Dino Balabo
The Philippine Star
BALIUAG, Bulacan , Philippines – Independent presidential candidate Nicanor Perlas is petitioning the Commission on Elections (Comelec) today to postpone the May 10 presidential elections for three months to prevent failure of elections and election-related violence.
Perlas said he is “90 percent sure” that the automated elections would fail if it will be held as scheduled.
“It’s better to have the elections postponed until August instead of having an election failure that may result in violence,” Perlas said in an interview Monday afternoon before conducting a house-to-house campaign in Barangay Poblacion here.
Perlas said the Comelec has to fix its problems with the automated election system before conducting the elections.
He also said violence may erupt in areas where people doubt the transparency of the automated polls.
He believes people will support his petition.
“Millions will be fooled if the automated elections will push through as scheduled. The Comelec did not prepare for a parallel manual count,” he said.
One of his volunteer lawyers, Paula Aberasturi, will file the petition at the Comelec head office in Intramuros, Manila.
During the presidential forum hosted by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines yesterday, Perlas said he prefers extending the term of President Arroyo to holding the elections as scheduled.
“I’m not in favor of Arroyo but I do not want mass violence and civil war,” he said. “As a matter of fact, I am running because I want to remove the kind of influence Arroyo has built in the government.”
Perlas also wants a partial manual audit, even at the presidential level only, as a protection against discrepancies in the automated vote count. – With Rainier Allan Ronda