The 2010 Philippine ElectionCategory: News
It’s time to vote!
Today, May 10, 2010 is the general election in the Philippines where registered Filipino voters go to polling precincts to cast their votes for their national (Presidential, senatorial and congressional) and local (gubernatorial and mayoral) candidates.
The 2010 Philippine election will be administered by the Commission on Elections in compliance with the Republic Act No. 9369, also known as Amended Computerization Act of 2007, “An Act Authorizing The Commission on Elections To Use An Automated Election System In The May 11, 1998 National or Local Elections And In Subsequent National And Local Electoral Exercises”.
It will be the first national computerized election in the history of the Philippines.
Check out the video below on how to vote using a PCOS (Precinct Count Optical Scan) machine:
In the Presidential election, the elected president will become the 15th President of the Philippines, succeeding President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who is barred from seeking re-election due to term restrictions. She however is seeking a congressional seat for the second district of Pampanga.
Incumbent Vice-President Noli de Castro was allowed to seek re-election though he could have possibly sought the presidency. As he is not standing for any election, his successor will also be the 15th Vice President of the Philippines.
Election to the Senate of the Philippines will also be held on Monday, May 10, 2010. This is to elect 12 of the 24 seats in the Senate but instead the 12 will still be seated indefinitely. For the May elections, twenty-four are for six-year terms, beginning June 30, 2010.
The legislators elected in the 2010 elections will join the senators of the 2007 elections and will comprise the 15th Congress of the Philippines.
In the gubernatorial election, all provinces will elect their provincial governors for three-year terms that will begin on June 30, 2010. Governors that are currently serving their third consecutive terms are prohibited from running as governors (they may run in any other position).
Voter may also elect a mayor, vice mayor and a varying number of councilors for their respective cities and municipalities.
We are entering uncharted territory with this 2010 Philippine elections due to the full automation process. Let’s just hope that everything will go well and no untoward incident may happen.
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