Automated polls open, GMA first to cast vote in Lubao, Pampanga precinct

Despite the last-minute glitches that plagued the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines, the country's first automated elections has pushed through today.

More than 17,000 positions are at stake on today–from president down to municipal council seats, ABS-CBNNews.com reports.

Polls opened at 7:00 a.m. and are due to close at 6:00 pm, with a winner potentially to be known by late in the evening. The report went on to state: "Queues formed at many polling stations before the opening and 80 percent of the eligible voting population were expected to turn out, highlighting the importance Filipinos place in their democracy."


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Meanwhile, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was the first person to cast a vote at Precinct 001-A at the Lubao Central Elementary School in Pampanga province, reports GMANews.TV. GMA Network's live coverage showed her arriving early at the polling center, together with eldest son, Rep. Juan Miguel "Mikey" Arroyo.

The president hopes to continue her government stint by running for a congressional post in Pampanga's second legislative district, aiming to succeed her son Mikey. Needless to say, pundits have slammed her for this move.

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