The Comelec has made the mistake of lumping and reporting millions of votes without breaking down where these votes came from. With high-tech communications at its disposal, the Comelec could have easily broken down such huge numbers into smaller bits to determine where they came from for the sake of transparency and credibility. Such detailed figures could have prevented suspicions and protests from disfavored losers. Erap therefore has all the reasons to question Aquino’s lead over him and his readiness to concede.
Second, eager to implement an automation election for the first time, the Comelec, overlooked the human side of people going to the polling places - it failed to prepare for the huge crowds that created chaos especially in large precincts. Voters couldn’t locate their names and precinct assignments from such crude and crumpled reams of list posted so close to each other causing overcrowding in stead of dispersing voters. The disorderly, short of violent, scenarios in large precincts discouraged and sent away millions of disgusted voters. No wonder the total national turn-out was smaller than expected.
Pompeyo S. Pedroche
New Jersey, USA