The killing and wounding of at least dozen people and charges of cheating and intimidation marred the first Philippines local elections on Wednesday (30 Jan) in more than seven years of martial law.
GV Demonstrators gathered outside election commission
SV Demonstrators holding placards and shouting while the riot police watching (3 SHOTS)
GV Riot policemen walking in
SV Wounded opposition supporter in hospital (2 SHOTS)
SV Imelda Macros arrives voting centre (2 SHOTS)
SV Imelda voting at booth and casting (2 SHOTS)
SV Votes being counted at election commission (5 SHOTS)
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Background: The killing and wounding of at least dozen people and charges of cheating and intimidation marred the first Philippines local elections on Wednesday (30 Jan) in more than seven years of martial law.
Hundreds of persons - many of them poll observers and opposition supporters - from two Manila suburbs converged on the Philippines election commission to complain that they had ben harassed, and at least two people were hospitalized following a brief shooting incident at polling booth.
An estimated 90 per cent of the 22.8 million registered voters turned out in school houses and town hall throughout the country in fine sunny weather.
The Philippines' first lay Imelda casted her vote in Manila while President Ferdinand Macros was spending the day in Ilocos Norte with his two daughters.
The President's 22-year-old son Bong Bong - at present studying at the University of Pennsylvania - was elected unopposed as vice-governor of his father's home province.
The New Society Movement (KBL) of President Macros is assured of overall victory against a diverse opposition in the contest for 73 provincial governors, about 1,500 mayors, their deputies and hundred of local councillors.
Results in Manila were expected to be known within 24 hours but complete returns from the provinces - spread over 7,100 islands - were not likely to be announced until after three days.