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Namfrel: 2013 polls peaceful, organized

Ramon Calzado
Posted on 05/13/2013 7:56 PM  | Updated 05/14/2013 12:58 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Election watchdog National Citizens Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel) described the recently ended May 13 mid-term elections as "generally peaceful and organized."

Damaso Magbual, Namfrel membership committee chair and Chairperson of the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL), told Rappler that the amount of violent incidences is relatively small compared to previous election years.

He cited that the election-related Maguindanao Massacre last 2009 had more casualties than this year's total election-related death tally.

In a press release on Monday evening, May 13, Namfrel Chairperson Corazon dela Paz-Bernardo said, "We are happy to note the enthusiasm and patience of voters who braved the long queues and heat."

"We would like to thank our volunteers, and most especially the Bureau of Election Inspectors (BEI) and the Philippine National Police (PNP), who performed their duties as Filipinos in ensuring a clean and peaceful election," he added.

Namfrel is one of the Commission on Elections' (Comlec) official citizen's arm for the midterm-elections. -

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