Philippines polls end ‘relatively’ peaceful

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Collection of ballot boxes in Manila

Mid-term elections in the Philippines ended on May 13 with seven people dead in election-day violence, seen by authorities as “relatively peaceful.” However, 46 people have been killed in the run-up to the elections since January, police said.

In the most violent incident on election day, supporters of rival candidates for mayor on a small southern island in the Sulu archipelago opened fire on each other, leaving three combatants dead. Unidentified gunmen opened fire on a vehicle carrying voters on the nearby island of Jolo, killing the driver and wounding four passengers. Three supporters of a local candidate were killed and eight wounded by unidentified gunmen in another attack in Zamboanga del Sur, a separate province in the south, the regional military chief said.

Meanwhile, President Benigno Aquino’s political adviser, Manuel Mamba, escaped unharmed after his convoy was attacked in the northern town of Alcala, a presidential spokesman said.

Elections Commission Chairman Sixto Brillantes said he estimates an overall turnout of 70 per cent. More than 52 million voters registered to elect 18,000 officials, including half of the 24-member Senate, nearly 300 members of the House of Representatives and leaders of a Muslim autonomous region in the south, where Islamic insurgents and militants are a concern.

Results of the poll are expected on Wednesday May 15. It was the second automated vote in the Philippines since the 2010 presidential election via automatic ballot boxes.

The election commission said it received reports of breakdowns in some of about 80,000 voting machines. The supplier said it had expected 200 to 300 units to malfunction but had 2,000 replacements on standby.

 

 

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Collection of ballot boxes in Manila

Mid-term elections in the Philippines ended on May 13 with seven people dead in election-day violence, seen by authorities as “relatively peaceful.” However, 46 people have been killed in the run-up to the elections since January, police said.

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Phill ballot boxes
Collection of ballot boxes in Manila

Mid-term elections in the Philippines ended on May 13 with seven people dead in election-day violence, seen by authorities as “relatively peaceful.” However, 46 people have been killed in the run-up to the elections since January, police said.

In the most violent incident on election day, supporters of rival candidates for mayor on a small southern island in the Sulu archipelago opened fire on each other, leaving three combatants dead. Unidentified gunmen opened fire on a vehicle carrying voters on the nearby island of Jolo, killing the driver and wounding four passengers. Three supporters of a local candidate were killed and eight wounded by unidentified gunmen in another attack in Zamboanga del Sur, a separate province in the south, the regional military chief said.

Meanwhile, President Benigno Aquino’s political adviser, Manuel Mamba, escaped unharmed after his convoy was attacked in the northern town of Alcala, a presidential spokesman said.

Elections Commission Chairman Sixto Brillantes said he estimates an overall turnout of 70 per cent. More than 52 million voters registered to elect 18,000 officials, including half of the 24-member Senate, nearly 300 members of the House of Representatives and leaders of a Muslim autonomous region in the south, where Islamic insurgents and militants are a concern.

Results of the poll are expected on Wednesday May 15. It was the second automated vote in the Philippines since the 2010 presidential election via automatic ballot boxes.

The election commission said it received reports of breakdowns in some of about 80,000 voting machines. The supplier said it had expected 200 to 300 units to malfunction but had 2,000 replacements on standby.

 

 

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