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COMELEC Disgracing Voters by Not Deciding on Candidates Appeal

Written By David D'Angelo on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 | 1/12/2010

Until now the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) had not decided on the appeal of various candidates for their disqualification. Among the candidates that are still in limbo are presidential candidate Nicanor "Nick" Perlas and senatoriable Danny Lim.

It was said that the COMELEC needs to decide on these cases 5-10 days after an appeal was heared.

Since December 28, it had been 15 days in counting on regular days including holidays and 11 days on regular days. However, if we will look at working days they can safely say that they still have until Friday, January 15 to decide on this issue since that is the 10th day.

These seems to be not in accordance to how the COMELEC had been placing itself earlier since they said that they want to resolve all the cases early and finalize the ballot.

Various groups had also shown alarm over the poll automation since not a single schedule of the COMELEC timetable had been followed, almost all had been reset.

"By not deciding on the disqualification COMELEC seems to be preventing candidates which are perceived to be bearers of new politics and dangerous to PGMA and to systemic change," says Nex Agustin, National Executive Council member of Partido ng Marangal na Samabayanan (PANGMASA).

She also added that this is a grave injustice and insult not only to the Filipino electorate but also to our country. "Known people around the world had expressed concern over Perlas disqualification and yet they seem to be just ignoring everything," Agustin added.

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