some of my friends did not have a chance to vote...

Philippines
May 10, 2010 8:22am CST
it's because they are frustrated that this time, this election, this automated election was too slow for them. i mean the process is too unbelievably slow. Well, lucky for those who have blue marks on their fingers but some of my friends really have not been given a chance to vote. and now they are using these emoticons " :( " and "grrrrr 's" hoho good luck to our Country.
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7 responses
• Philippines
11 May 10
There are a lot of people who voted because of the long lines and the extreme heat. But surprisingly, there are a lot of precincts where the long lines was just during the morning, and in the late afternoon there were no more lines, and it's really easy to vote.. I kept telling my boyfriend to go back because it's ashame if he's not going to be able to vote, and luckily when he went back to his precinct at around 5pm there were no more people and he finished voting in less than 10 minutes..
@joanick27 (142)
• Philippines
10 May 10
I think the election now is faster than the previous ones. I know that there are problems with regard to the queue, finding your names, etc. But these are the things that we have to endure if we really want to exercise our suffrage. Although some problems are encountered, I think it's just part of the introduction of automated election. It's good though that we tried it. I don't want to see our country in the next decades left behind in the technology. There is technology out there so let's use it for the benefit of our country. I've seen in the news that many people just went home but for me it wasn't a good idea. Since you are already there, then you might as well wait patiently and cast your vote. Anyway, problems are part of the system. What is important is to be able to vote for our candidates. I am sorry that your friends did not vote. too bad for the candidates they were supposed to support.
• Philippines
10 May 10
yep i also failed to vote. my name is not included in the list though i registered last december. i never got the chance but i do not have any anger about that. im sensing a purist mentality in the air. it seem that they only accept the early registrants. in coincidence im not feeling well yesterday and today and luckily im not one of those who has to vote.
@xtedaxcvg (3191)
• Philippines
10 May 10
The reason why people wasn't able to vote in our place was because they got fed up of the lines. I guess Comelec didn't come up with a plan to make the queue move faster. The election automation is ok, it's just that the people running it and the machines are not as competent as expected.
@neildc (17254)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
10 May 10
a lot of people also got no chance to vote today. some lost their names in the voters' list. some said because they failed to vote in the previous elections so the comelec could have erased their names. some complained about the waiting time, in lining up just to get a priority number.
@chiyosan (29383)
• Philippines
10 May 10
that's right, the number of voters per precint has increased incredibly - due to small number of machines available, i guess... i still wish that the overall elections is a success - we can learn from this mistake... next time our country would know better how to handle elections and we are automated! =)
@rsa101 (13336)
• Philippines
10 May 10
That is the only problem I have encountered today. The reason behind is because they have combined many precincts in one cluster. Meaning one cluster would have about 1000+ voters so the end results is we have to wait long for one to be able to vote. I have to wait for almost 4 hours before I was able to cast my vote. It was something to be blamed to the voters and the system comelec implemented.