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SC junks petitions to postpone May 10 polls

By Tetch Torres
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 16:18:00 05/07/2010

Filed Under: Eleksyon 2010, Politics, Elections

MANILA, Philippines ? (UPDATE) It?s all systems go for the country?s first automated elections on May 10 as the Supreme Court dismissed all petitions seeking the postponement of the polls, a spokesman for the high court said Friday.

The petitioners failed ?to exhaust all remedies? and there was ?no grave abuse of discretion? on the part of the Commission on Elections when it pursued the computerization of the elections, said lawyer Jose Midas Marquez after the court?s special en banc session.

Marquez said the petitions filed by the Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM), former president Joseph Estrada and the Philippine Computer Society (PCS) suffered from technicalities.

The petitioners, Marquez said, should have first gone to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) before the Supreme Court.

?They should have gone to the Comelec first and establish facts there. All possible remedies should have been exhausted first,? Marquez said.

Marquez added that the petitioners were not able to substantiate their allegations.

?It was not established before the Court that the Comelec was not able to remedy the defects,? he added.

The CCM elevated its appeal to the high court to compel the Comelec to shift to manual polls while Estrada and the PCS wanted a suspension of the elections to give Comelec time to prepare for the shift.



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