No area in the country has been classified with failure of elections as of Tuesday, the Commission on Election (Comelec) said as it noted that Monday’s national and local polls were the most peaceful in recent years.
Despite usual vote counting machines woes and isolated reports of violence, Comelec Commissioner George Garcia said Filipinos experienced “generally peaceful elections”.
“Wala po kaming nabalitaan na kahit na anong effect nito dahil nga po katulad sa isang area, nalagay sa Comelec control, ay napakadami pa rin pong mga tao ang nakapila at talaga naman pong nagnanais na makapasok sa ating mga polling place (We did not receive any report of affected areas, even in those placed under Comelec control. Many people were able to vote and really wanted to enter polling places),” he said in a public briefing on Tuesday.
Among the reported issues were vote-buying and violence by private armed groups of local candidates.
“Pero ikumpara po natin sa lahat na ng eleksiyon, noong mga nakaraan, ito po ang pinaka tahimik as regards sa violence at saka issue ng terrorism (If you are to compare it in all elections, the previous ones, this is the most peaceful as regards to violence and issues of terrorism),” Garcia said.
The Comelec has yet to receive petitions to declare a failure of election in places where violence erupted, like Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Abra, and Nueva Ecija.
“These are isolated incidents and the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) and the PNP (Philippine National Police) – and we’d like to appreciate them – are in full control of the situation in the entire country,” Garcia said.