|Monday, 25 October 2010 20:01|
PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III was not happy with the conduct of yesterday’s barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections, particularly the delay in the delivery of election paraphernalia.
The President demanded an explanation from the Commission on Elections even as he said holidays may be declared in specific areas where elections did not happen or were delayed.
“I heard about it about two or three days ago tungkol dito sa mga hindi nade-deliver, eh paano ka nga masa-satisfy doon?” the President told a press briefing after casting his vote at the Central Azucarera de Tarlac Elementary School in Tarlac City
“Parang compared to the automated elections medyo mas simpleng undertaking ito at nakalagay naman sa batas na matagal na dapat na napaghandaan at hindi nga mukhang nahanda nang maayos. Kailangang malaman kung ano ang dahilan,” he said.
Aquino took exception to reports that there were delays even in the polling precincts near Metro Manila or in not-so-remote areas. The Commission on Elections said elections in 1,599 barangays will only be held today to wait for the arrival of the election materials.
He said he also sought an extension of the voting hours in areas where the polls opened late.
But despite the delay in voting in some areas, the President said he is confident that the public will be allowed to exercise their right to vote. He reiterated his call for all registered voters to go out and vote.
“The barangay is the face of government that we see most often in our daily lives, hence its importance in our democracy,” he said.