Poor provinces more active in elections

A GMA News Research study of the voter turnout in the 2001 and 2004 elections finds that voters in the poor Philippine provinces participate more actively in elections. The figures are based on Comelec statistics and National Statistical Coordination Boardâ€s 2000 and 2003 poverty incidence figures. More

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  1. The Kontra-Daya Alliance has issued a report yesterday, May 21, 2007, that the recently-concluded national election was marred with several cheating-allegations. The Kontra-Daya has condemned the repetition of the cheating mechanisms that happened in the 2004 national election in our country. Many people are wondering the fast-paced changes that took place recently at the magic-12 positions in the senatorial race. Many people are wondering how and why such “unpopular figures” like Recto (the main exponent of higher VAT rates in the senate), Zubiri (a politician who acts like a spokesman of Mrs. Glo Arroyo) and Pichay (the one who shut the door for a thorough investigation of the Hello-Garci controversy at the last congress) could have made it at the magic-12 circle? Was it because of their money? Was it because the controversial Maguindanao votes are now being counted? Was it because the so-called cheating-machinery that was used in the 2004 national election in this country is still functioning properly? Again, I know that only the elitists in the Philippine society would have the interest in manipulating the recently-concluded national election, so that by subverting the peopleâ€s will they will continue their rule over and above the Filipino people. The following days will be crucial as the canvassing of votes continues and the possibility of wholesale fraud looms even more. Kontra Daya calls on the people to exercise heightened vigilance and to start sending a strong message to the COMELEC, the AFP and the Arroyo administration that electoral fraud in any form will be politically costly for this country.

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