Filipinos Await Winners of RP’s First Automated Election

Philippine Elections 2010Manila, Philippines – Philippines made history after conducting the first nationwide automated election today, May 10, 2010.

Long lines welcomed Filipino registered voters even before polling stations officially opened at 7 a.m. Monday. According to The Commission on Elections (Comelec), they are expecting 85 percent voter turnout from some 50 million voters all over the country.

Voting officially closed at 7 p.m. this evening and the Comelec is already counting the ballots as the Filipinos await for the results to come out.

Local TV stations such as ABS-CBN, GMA, and ABC are doing some partial and unofficial count announcements for the National posts.

Highlights on the scope of the May 10 General Elections in the Philippines (via smartmatic.com)

The Philippine election, to use more than 80,000 optical scanning voting machines, represents the largest election ever carried out by a private company. Smartmatic-TIM provided a wide range of comprehensive services including: manufacturing over 82,000 PCOS machines, managing more than 50,000 people, a 23,000 m2 warehouse and configuration facility, subcontracting the transmission network from the local providers, and providing quality assurance for every component of the platform.

UPDATE: Link/s for the Partial Counts

1. National Count
2. Regional Count