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Scattered Incidents of Violence Mar Philippine Election - 2004-05-10


Polls have closed in the Philippines and officials are counting the votes from Monday's national elections. Voting was orderly for the most part, although there were scattered incidents of violence on election day in which a score of people reportedly were killed.

Philippine officials have begun tabulating votes from elections for president, legislature, and local leaders.

Official returns will take weeks, but independent organizations have promised preliminary tallies within days.

The secretary-general of the independent National Movement for Free Elections, Bill Luz, says some people could not vote because of inaccurate registration lists. "If the lists are not updated, then you still do not have much. And we are finding that not all the lists have been updated," he said.

The balloting was also marred by incidents of violence that brought the total number of election-related deaths to more than 100.

Civic and religious leaders have urged citizens to refrain from violence and to be alert for possible fraud.

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