Initial Philippine poll results due at 1300 GMT

MANILA Mon May 10, 2010 5:44pm IST

Voters wait in line during election day at a polling precinct in Manila May 10, 2010. 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. REUTERS/Cheryl Ravelo

Voters wait in line during election day at a polling precinct in Manila May 10, 2010. 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.

Credit: Reuters/Cheryl Ravelo

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MANILA (Reuters) - 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)

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