Press Release
August 12, 2008

Villar on ARMM elections:

"We are pleased that the ARMM elections were generally peaceful, which shows the ARMM electorate's maturity and will to exercise their right of suffrage in upholding participative democracy in the country."

"More importantly, the pilot testing of automated elections in the region should enable the government to fine-tune preparations for the conduct of fair and credible presidential elections in 2010 to signal change longed for by our people."

"We want to know what else must be done in order to plug in security loopholes and how the system of automation can be enhanced in fully protecting the sanctity of the ballot."

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