MANILA The Philippines' elections agency will release partial and unofficial tallies of votes for president and other national and local positions at 9 p.m. on Monday, the head of the poll body said.
Balloting in more than 76,300 polling precincts nationwide closed at 7 p.m., with election watchdogs and analysts predicting a lower-than-expected turnout due to some technical problems with a new automated voting system and long queues discouraging voters.
"We'll come out with the first consolidated results of the elections from top to bottom," Jose Melo, a retired Supreme Court justice and chairman of the Commission on Elections (Comelec), told a news conference.
Melo said they expected results from the machines to be transmitted 20 minutes after the close of polling precincts at 7 p.m.
"It's a success," he said, adding the number of violent incidents had gone down to 70 compared to 180 incidents in the 2007 election period.
(Reporting by Manny Mogato; Editing by John Mair and Sanjeev Miglani)
Trending On Reuters
Russia sent an advanced missile system to Syria on Wednesday to protect its jets operating there and pledged its air force would keep flying missions near Turkish air space, sounding a defiant note after Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet. Full Article