Stories by Grace Clavecilla

SMS takes center stage in 2004 election count

Thanks to the ubiquity of the mobile phone, the National Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel) will no longer have to set up 200 desktops at its Operations Quick Count tabulation center. For Monday's polls, election returns from the country's more than 200,000 voting precincts will be directly forwarded to the Namfrel headquarters at the La Salle Greenhills gymnasium via SMS (short messaging service), more popularly known as texting.

Philippines election directions available on 'Net, SMS

No less than 40 million Filipinos are expected to troop to their respective polling centers on Monday to exercise their right of suffrage. It is no surprise, then, that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) expects traffic -- both vehicular and human -- to be heavy in these polling precincts.