US to Observe RP Polls; Kenney Sad over Rash of Political Violence United States to Observe RP Elections

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US to Observe RP Polls; Kenney Sad over Rash of Political Violence United States to Observe RP Elections


Byline: GENALYN D. KABILING & DAVID CAGAHASTIAN

The United States government yesterday announced plans to send a mission to monitor the May 14 midterm elections in the Philippines as it expressed concern over the rising casualties from poll violence.

US Ambassador Kristie Kenney said a delegation from the US Embassy in Manila would "go out to observe" the elections next week in various provinces.

"They will be monitoring to see how the voting goes, and what we are to learn more, and to watch our Philippine friends as they exercise their democratic right," she said in an interview with reporters at the Palace.

Kenney attended the ceremonial switch-on for the electrification of barangays in Zamboanga del Sur in Malacanang.

The US envoy admitted that Washington is keeping tabs on the electoral process in the Philippines "with interest" and is saddened by the rash of political violence.

"We are all watching the elections with interest. It's a great time for people to exercise their democratic rights and I think we are all concerned when we see violence," Kenney said.

She also appealed to candidates to shun violence in their election campaign and focus instead on platforms of government.

"I don't know any details. I think it's always sad to see violence associated with the election. …

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