Automation worries bets

Poll integrity doubted; ‘electronic Garci’ feared

MANILA, Philippines—The specter of an “electronic Garci” was raised in a forum on Monday in which six of seven presidential candidates feared there would be glitches in the automated elections in May and some suggested going manual as an option.

Only Sen. Richard Gordon was confident the Commission on Elections (Comelec) would do its job.

“I cannot see a situation where it will fail because that will create anarchy in the country. I don’t think the government can stand a failure of election. I don’t see why we should go back to manual now because we have so much invested already,” Gordon said.

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