Today is Saturday, May 15th 2010, and is has been more than 4 full days since the first ever automated elections in the Philippines. Some time ago, people were expecting to see a quick turnaround of votes. Within 24 hours or so, there’s supposed to be a significant possibility that winning local candidates can be proclaimed. And as early as within 2 days or 48 hours after the elections there should have been a resolution to the tallying of votes for national candidates.
Well, it seems that delays are plaguing the automated system. There are problems such as violence in a few of the local precincts, difficulty in transmitting election returns, problems with the machines, etc. So as of today, based on the election count of GMA channel 7, the last update I’ve seen was at 20:29:15 May 14th, 2010. The partial results cover 90.12% of the total number of election returns throughout the country.
Personally, while monitoring the partial tallies, it does seem that it’s really really slow-moving. It’s updating like less than or around 1% a day. If it continues, we could see a complete count within 7 to 10 more days. Hopefully, things will work out fine and the complete count will be finished real soon. However, there are indeed a lot of candidates for local positions that have been proclaimed around 24 hours or so after the Election Day. So it seems that it worked well in the local scene.
As for the trend in results, it’s quite interesting as the partial results show a different trending from what most people may have expected. During the campaign period, the presidential race was believed to be between Senator Noynoy Aquino and Senator Manny Villar. But as the elections came closer and until now, it’s been former president Joseph Estrada who is now trailing behind Senator Aquino.
The vice-presidential race is a lot more interesting and fiery. Before, a lot of people must have expected that Senator Mar Roxas would bag the position as he had landslide lead over everyone else on different surveys. But now, he is trailing behind Makati City Mayor Jejomar Binay by a small margin. There’s still roughly 10% of the election returns left to count and mathematically (all other factors aside), there is still a probability that anyone of these 2 vice-presidential candidates will win.
A lot of people are now wondering why it’s taking too long to proclaim national candidates amidst the automation of the election. But most importantly, regardless of who the people voted for, it is expected and hoped for that the results will be clean and all votes are accounted for. And whoever wins on the national posts, they have quite a big challenge to face and expectations to meet.
GMA Eleksyon Count – Eleksyon 2010