(Note: The poll is found at the bottom of this post.)
We all know, of course, that the first automated election in the Philippines was done last Monday, 10 May 2010. We all know that there were so many problems with the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines and the system that goes with the automated elections. Yet, in just a few hours, we have proclamations of local candidates. In just a matter of one day, we have more than 50% of results for national positions.
We who were handling election duties for clients were particularly surprised with the speed of the results. We have realized that this is the birth of a new election practice in the Philippines, one where it’s not lawyers against lawyers, but lawyers against IT people (would this benefit us lawyers who have IT exposure, let’s see). We’re bracing for a barrage of election contests (at least we can fully test the Rules on Electronic Evidence).
We’ve seen the presidential candidates, led by Manuel Villar, concede to NoyNoy Aquino. We’ve seen a vice-presidential candidate, Loren Legarda, concede the VP race to Jojo Binay, the dark horse of the Noy-Bi surge (some say we now have our first black VP in Binay . . . kidding).
Anyway, what we don’t know is how the people perceive the 2010 elections. Do they consider it a success? A failure? Let’s hear from you. You could vote through the poll below. Comments are most welcome below.