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Monday, November 12, 2012

"Hello, Boy"

Marites Dañguilan Vitug
By Marites Dañguilan Vitug
THOUGHT LEADERS
Rappler.COM


ON October 31, the last day of voter registration, a crowd waited outside the COMELEC office in Santa Ana, Cagayan.  They were about 200 and they were beating the deadline; most of them, reports say, were employees of locators based in the Cagayan Special Economic Zone, a free port.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

COMELEC Union bewails Enrile's bullying of a poll employee

PRESS RELEASE
COMELEC Employees Union
November 5, 2012



THE rank and file employees union of the Commission on Elections today deplored Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile's mistreatment of an Election Officer in Cagayan province during the last day of voters' registration on October 31, 2012.

Cagayan election officer decries treatment by Enrile

Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile
By: Melvin Gascon and Cathy Yamsuan
Philippine Daily Inquirer


TUGUEGARAO CITY (Nov 5, 2012) - The election officer of Santa Ana, Cagayan, on Sunday bewailed what she called the "unkind treatment" she received at the hands of Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and his nephew, Jose Mari Ponce, on the last day for voter registration on Oct. 31.

Friday, November 2, 2012

2 COMELEC execs to study US campaign finance rules

By Jocelyn R. Uy
Philippine Daily Inquirer
Nov. 2, 2012, Friday


MANILA, Philippines - The Commission on Elections said it was hoping to learn a thing or two about the intricacies of campaign finance and contributions when it observes the US elections next week.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

COMELEC chides Mikey's laziness

ABS-CBNnews.com
Nov. 1, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - The Commission on Elections criticized the "Ang Galing Pinoy" party-list Rep. Mikey Arroyo for his alleged "sheer laziness" for failing to work hard for the plight of his chosen constituents.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Ako Bicol, 12 other party-list groups axed

COMELEC to disqualify 40 more party-listers
By Gil C. Cabacungan, Jocelyn R. Uy
Philippine Daily Inquirer


CRACKING down on sham organizations seeking congressional seats, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) on Wednesday dropped Ako Bicol and 12 other party-list groups from the 2013 midterm balloting.

In a six-page resolution, the COMELEC en banc ruled that Ako Bicol, the topnotcher in the 2010 party-list race, could not participate in next year's elections for failure to pass strict scrutiny "through the lens" of existing laws and jurisprudence governing the party-list system.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Resolution No. 9520 - Policy Guidelines and Procedures on the Deletion of Double/Multiple Records Found Thru AFIS

Republic of the Philippines
COMMISSION ON ELECTIONS
Manila

RESOLUTION No. 9520
Policy Guidelines and Procedures in the Deletion of Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) Identified Double/Multiple Registration Records in the Concluded July 9 to 18, 2012 ARMM General Registration of Voters
[Promulgated: September 13, 2012]

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Resolution No. 9519 - ERB Hearing in ARMM reset to Nov 26 to 30

Republic of the Philippines
COMMISSION ON ELECTIONS
Manila

RESOLUTION No. 9519
In the Matter of the Recommendation of the Election and Barangay Affairs Department (EBAD) for the Suspension of the Election Registration Board (ERB) Hearing in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM)
[Promulgated: September 13, 2012]

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Resolution No. 9518 - Guidelines on the Filing of Certificates of Candidacy and Nomination and Acceptance of Official Candidates for the May 13, 2013 Elections

Republic of the Philippines
COMMISSION ON ELECTIONS
Intramuros, Manila

RESOLUTION NO. 9518

Guidelines on the Filing of Certificates of Candidacy and Nomination and Acceptance of Official Candidates of Registered Political Parties or Coalition of Political Parties in Connection with the May 13, 2013 Automated Synchronized National, Local and ARMM Regional Elections
(Promulgated: Sept. 11, 2012)

The Commission on Elections, by virtue of the powers vested in it by the Constitution, the Omnibus Election Code, and other election laws, RESOLVED to promulgate as it hereby promulgates, the following rules and guidelines on the filing of Certificates of Candidacy and Nomination and Acceptance of official candidates of registered political parties or coalition of political parties in connection with the May 13, 2013 Automated Synchronized National, Local and ARMM Regional Elections:

Sunday, September 9, 2012

COMELEC rejects Jalosjos vote bid

Romeo "Nonong" Jalosjos, Sr.
By JULIE S. ALIPALA
Inquirer Mindanao


ZAMBOANGA CITY - The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) has rejected a bid by Romeo Jalosjos, Sr., a convicted child rapist released from prison in 2009 after serving a sentence shortened by then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, to register as a voter here.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Resolution No. 9515 - ERB hearing to approve/disapprove voter applications during ARMM general registration reset

Republic of the Philippines
COMMISSION ON ELECTIONS
M a n i l a

RESOLUTION No. 9515
In the Matter of Resetting the Date of Hearing and Approval/Disapproval of Applications for Registration and Transfer of Registration Records filed on July 9 to 18, 2012 General Registration in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM)
(Promulgated: August 10, 2012)

WHEREAS, the Commission on Elections (Commission) promulgated on June 21, 2012 Resolution No. 9475 providing for the RULES AND REGULATIONS IN THE CONDUCT OF GENERAL REGISTRATION OF VOTERS IN THE AUTONOMOUS REGION IN MUSLIM MINDANAO (ARMM);

Monday, July 23, 2012

Resolution No. 9509 - Suspending the Registration of Voters from Oct 1 to Oct 5, 2012

Republic of the Philippines
COMMISSION ON ELECTIONS
Manila

In the Matter of Suspending the Registration of Voters from October 1 to October 5, 2012 in Connection with the Filing of Certificates of Candidacy for all Elective Positions for the May 13, 2013 National and Local Elections
[Promulgated: July 23, 2012]

WHEREAS, pursuant to the Constitution, the Omnibus Election Code, Republic Act No. 9369, and other election laws, the Commission on Elections (Commission) issued Resolution No. 9385 dated April 3, 2012, entitled "Calendar of Activities and Period of Certain Prohibited Acts in Connection with the May 13, 2013 National and Local Elections";


Saturday, June 30, 2012

Gun ban imposed in ARMM from July 1 to 31, 2012

RESOLUTION No. 9479
RULES AND REGULATIONS ON THE BEARING, CARRYING OR TRANSPORTING OF FIREARMS OR OTHER DEADLY WEAPONS IN CONNECTION WITH THE GENERAL REGISTRATION OF VOTERS IN THE ARMM TO BE CONDUCTED ON  JULY 09 TO 18, 2012
(Promulgated: June 27, 2012)

WHEREAS, the Commission on Elections (Commission) is set to conduct the general registration of voters in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) on July 09 to 18, 2012;

COMELEC appeals for unity and cooperation of all election stakeholders

THE Commission on Elections (COMELEC) held a dialogue Thursday with various election stakeholders to thresh out any and all concerns with regard to the May 13, 2013 Automated National and Local Elections.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

COMELEC sets month-long gun ban for ARMM voter listing

THE COMMISSION on Elections (COMELEC) has imposed a month-long gun ban in July for the general registration of voters in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

Under COMELEC Resolution 9479 that was promulgated in Wednesday and published in a newspaper yesterday, the carrying of firearms will be prohibited from July 1 to 31.  The registration is on July 9 to 18.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Resolution No. 9475 - Guidelines for 2012 ARMM General Registration of Voters

RESOLUTION No. 9475
RULES AND REGULATIONS IN THE CONDUCT OF
GENERAL REGISTRATION OF VOTERS IN THE
AUTONOMOUS REGION IN MUSLIM MINDANAO (ARMM)

WHEREAS, it is the policy of the Commission to establish a clean, complete, permanent, and updated list of voters through the adoption of biometrics technology (digital photograph, fingerprints and signature) using the Voter Registration Machines (VRMs) in the registration process;

Monday, June 11, 2012

COMELEC suspends voter registration and validation from June 25 to July 31, 2012

Republic of the Philippines
COMMISSION ON ELECTIONS
Manila

SUSPENSION OF THE SYSTEM OF CONTINUING REGISTRATION OF VOTERS AND VALIDATION OF REGISTRATION RECORDS IN SUCH AREAS AS MAY BE DETERMINED BY THE COMMISSION.
x- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - x
BRILLANTES, Sixto S., Jr.
SARMIENTO, Rene V.
TAGLE, Lucenito N.
VELASCO, Armando C.
YUSOPH, Elias R.
LIM, Christian Robert S.
Chairman
Commissioner
Commissioner
Commissioner
Commissioner
Commissioner


Promulgated:  June 8, 2012

Friday, June 1, 2012

COMELEC assures unhampered voting in Negros Occ special elections

By CARLA GOMEZ
The Visayan Daily Star


THE Commission on Elections yesterday said it will ensure that residents of the fifth district of Negros Occidental will be able to freely exercise their right to vote on Saturday.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

COMELEC vows PWD-friendly precincts for 2013

By XIANNE ARCANGEL 
VERA File | PWD Files 


THE Commission on Elections has promised to make voting precincts more accessible to persons with disabilities, even if Congress fails to pass the promised The Polling Center Accessibility Act in time for the May 2013 mid-term elections.

Commissioner Rene Sarmiento said the COMELEC will issue resolutions to ensure that accessibility will no longer be a problem for PWD [persons with disabilities] voters in the upcoming polls, as it had been in the past.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

COMELEC orders Morato charged for electioneering

Manoling Morato and Maggie dela Riva
By:  Jerome Aning
Philippine Daily Inquirer


MANILA, Philippines (18 May 2012) - The Commission on Elections on Friday said it found probable cause against former Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office chair Manuel "Manoling" Morato, for possible violation of election laws when he used his television show in 2010 to endorse the candidacies of Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro Jr. and actor Edu Manzano for president and vice president.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Resolution No. 9427 - Registration of Members of the Indigenous Cultural Communities/Indigenous Peoples

Resolution No. 9427
RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR THE REGISTRATION OF MEMBERS OF INDIGENOUS CULTURAL COMMUNITIES (ICCs)/INDIGENOUS PEOPLES (IPs)
Promulgation: 17 May 2012

WHEREAS, Article V, Section 1 of the 1987 Constitution provides that Suffrage may be exercised by all citizens of the Philippines not otherwise disqualified by law, who are at least eighteen years of age, and who shall have resided in the Philippines for at least one year and in the place wherein they propose to vote for at least six months immediately preceding the election.  No literacy, property or other substantive requirement shall be imposed on the exercise of suffrage;

WHEREAS, Article II, Section 22 of the 1987 Constitution provides that the State recognizes and promotes the rights of indigenous cultural communities within the framework of national unity and development;

WHEREAS, consistent with its commitment in the 1987 Constitution, the Indigenous People's Rights Act (IPRA) of 1997, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and other international human rights instruments to which it is a Party, the State, with due recognition of their distinct characteristics and identity, accord to the members of the Indigenous Peoples (IPs)/Indigenous Cultural Communities (ICCs) the rights, protections and privileges enjoyed by the rest of the citizens;

WHEREAS, the State recognizes and respects the indigenous political structures and commits itself to enforce and guarantee the realization of the fundamental rights and freedoms of the IPs/ICCs, including the right of suffrage, taking into consideration their customs, traditions, values, beliefs, interests and institutions;

WHEREAS, the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines (CHRP) has identified the IPs/ICCs as one of the sectors most vulnerable to disenfranchisement;

WHEREAS, upon the request of civil society organizations (CSOs), the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) convened the Inter-Agency, NGO and PO Network on Empowering the Indigenous Peoples (IPs) in the Electoral Processes on 11 January 2012 to help the Commission formulate policies to afford IPs' greater access to the electoral processes, including the registration process;

WHEREAS, the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), as the primary government agency responsible for the formulation and implementation of policies, plans and programs to recognize, protect and promote the rights of ICCs/IPs, committed to support COMELEC's initiative to increase the accessibility of the electoral processes, as a means of empowering the IPs;

WHEREAS, Resolution No. 9149, as amended by Resolution No. 9168, provides the basic procedures for the system of continuing registration for Non-ARMM areas and fixes the date of application for registration from 3 May 2011 to 31 October 2012;

NOW, THEREFORE, by virtue of the powers vested in it by the Constitution, the Omnibus Election Code, Republic Act No. 8189 and other related election laws, the Commission on Elections has RESOLVED, as it hereby RESOLVES, to promulgate the following guidelines in the registration of qualified registrants who are members of the Indigenous Cultural Communities (ICCs) or Indigenous Peoples (IPs).

Section 1. Coverage. - These Guidelines shall govern the applications for registration, transfer, transfer with reactivation, reactivation, correction/change of entries and validation of registration records of all qualified voters, who are members of Indigenous Cultural Communities (ICCs) or Indigenous Peoples (IPs) as defined in Section 2 hereof.

Section 2. Definition of Indigenous Cultural Communities (ICCs) or Indigenous Peoples (IPs). - Indigenous Cultural Communities (ICCs) or Indigenous Peoples (IPs) shall refer to a group of people or homogenous societies identified by self-ascription and ascription by others, who have continuously lived as organized community on communally bounded and defined territory, and who have, under claims of ownership since time immemorial, occupied, possessed and utilized such territories, sharing common bonds of language, customs, traditions and other distinctive cultural traits, or who have, through resistance to political, social and cultural inroads of colonization, non-indigenous religions and cultures, became historically differentiated from the majority of Filipinos.

ICCs/IPs shall likewise include peoples who are regarded as indigenous on account of their descent from the populations which inhabited the country, at the time of conquest or colonization, or at the time of inroads of non-indigenous religions and cultures, or the establishment of present state boundaries, who retain some or all of their own social, economic, cultural and political institutions, but who may have been displaced from their traditional domains or who may have resettled outside their ancestral domains.

Section 3. Procedure for Registration; Proof of Identity. - The applicant shall personally appear before the Election Officer (EO), state his name and exact address, specifying the house number, name of the street, area, district, purok or sitio, and barangay where he resides, or a brief description of his residence.

The applicant shall present any of the following identification documents that bears his photograph and signature:
1. Current employee's identification card (ID), with the signature of the employer or authorized representative;
2. Postal ID;
3. Student's ID or library card, signed by the school authority;
4. Senior Citizen's ID; 
5. Driver's license;
6. NBI/PNP clearance;
7. Passport;
8. SSS/GSIS ID;
9. Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) ID;
10. License issued by the Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC);
11. Certificate of Confirmation issued by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP); and
12. Any other valid ID.
Community Tax Certificates (cedula) or certifications/identification cards issued by barangay officials are not identification documents.

Section 4. Proof of identity other than by identification card. - If the registrant has no valid identification card, he may be identified under oath before the EO using the Affidavit of Identification by any registered voter of the precinct or any of his relatives within the fourth civil degree of consanguinity or affinity.  No registered voter or relative shall be allowed to identify applicants more than three (3) times.

The form shall, as much as practicable, be translated into the local languages and/or dialects commonly used in the area.
Section 5. Procedures if registrant has no identification document or is not properly identified. - If, at the time of registration, the applicant has no valid identification card as enumerated in Section 3, or is not identified pursuant to Section 4 hereof, he will not be issued application form or his pre-accomplished application form shall not be accepted.

Section 6. Filling-up the Registration Forms. - The registrant belonging to the IP community shall fill-up the pertinent Supplementary Data in Annex of the Registration Form.

If the registrant is a person with disability (PWD) at the same time, such fact shall likewise be indicated in the Supplementary Data for PWDs in Annex of the Registration Form as provided in COMELEC Resolution No. 9220.

Section 7. Assistance in the accomplishment of application form. - An applicant for registration who is a member of an ICC or IP, who cannot by himself accomplish an application for registration, shall be assisted by the EO in the preparation of his application form, or by any member of an accredited Citizen's arm, or a relative within the fourth civil degree of consanguinity or affinity, or by any person of his confidence who belongs to the same household.

The assistor shall accomplish three (3) copies of the Certification/Attestation (Annex of COMELEC Resolution No. 9149) and in no case assist more than three (3) times, except the EO.  All assistors must be of voting age.

The commission shall identify and tap the accredited Citizen's arm groups to implement the provisions of these Guidelines, and shall provide for sensitization trainings to familiarize them with the application form and help prepare them for assistorial duties.

Section 8. Updating of Records of IPs. - Members of the indigenous communities who have previously registered but have not indicated the name of the IP community to which he belongs shall be allowed to update his registration records, and to indicate his tribe or community using the Supplementary Data Form for IPs found in Annex of the Registration Form.  If the applicant is also a PWD, he shall likewise fill-up the Supplementary Data Form for PWDs found in the Annex  of the Registration Form.

Section 9. Information. - All EOs are enjoined to post notice in their offices, and in public places where satellite registrations are held, instructing IPs to fill-up the Supplementary Data Form for IPs and the manner of filling-up the same.

Section 10. Update on the Software. - The information and Technology Department (ITD) shall endeavor to update the existing software application to ensure that date on IPs can be recorded, generated and analyzed.  The ITD shall coordinate with the EOs concerning the proper encoding of the data.

Section 11. Generation of Data. - The EO shall generate data on registered IPs for the sole purpose of determining policy directions for more inclusive and accessible electoral processes for the sector.  The said data shall be submitted to the ITD every three months from the start of the registration period.  The ITD shall immediately consolidate the data on the national level and submit the same to the Election Records and Statistics Division (ERSD).  The ERSD shall generate statistics on the demographics and other pertinent information involving the IPs throughout the country.  The statistics generated shall be made accessible to concerned government offices, accredited citizen's arms and other organizations that promote the rights of the IPs, subject to specific guidelines to protect the privacy of the inviduals concerned.

Section 12. Effectivity. - This Resolution shall take effect immediately after its publication in two (2) daily newspapers of general circulation in the Philippines.

Section 13. Dissemination. - The Education and Information Department shall cause the publication of this Resolution in two (2) daily newspapers of general circulation, give the same the widest dissemination possible and furnish copies thereof to the Regional Directors, Provincial Election Supervisors and EOs.

Section 14. Implementation. - The Office of the Executive Director is directed to cause the effective implementation of this Resolution.  For the May 13, 2013 National and Local Elections, COMELEC shall pilot this policy/resolution in at least sixteen (16) pilot areas with at least one (1) pilot area in every Region where there are IPs.  The pilot areas shall be chosen in coordination and consultation with the NCIP and the Inter-Agency, NGO and PO Network on Empowering the IPs in the Electoral Processes.

SO ORDERED.



Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Senate OKs ARMM voter re-listing

By: Ron Gagalac

MANILA, Philippines (15 May 2012) - The Senate approved on 3rd and final reading on Tuesday Senate Joint Resolution No. 17, nullifying the book of voters in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and directing the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) to conduct a new general registration of voters in the region.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Resolution No. 9414 - Effects of Acceptance of Nomination

Republic of the Philippines
COMMISSION ON ELECTIONS
Intramuros, Manila

 
IN THE MATTER OF AMENDING COMELEC RESOLUTION NO. 9366 PROMULGATED 21 FEBRUARY 2012, PARTICULARLY SECTION 3, RULE 4 THEREOF
SIXTO S. BRILLANTES, JR.
RENE V. SARMIENTO
LUCENITO N. TAGLE
ARMANDO C. VELASCO
ELIAS R. YUSOPH
CHRISTIAN ROBERT S. LIM
Chairman
Commissioner
Commissioner
Commissioner
Commissioner
Commissioner

Promulgated:  April 27, 2012

RESOLUTION No. 9414

 This pertains to Comelec Resolution No. 9366 promulgated on 21 February 2012, entitled "Rules and Regulations governing the 1.) Filing of Petitions for Registration; 2.) Filing of Manifestation of Intent to Participate; 3.) Submission of Names of Nominees; and 4.) Filing of Disqualification Cases Against Nominees of Party-List Groups or Organizations participating under the Party-list System of Representation in connection with the 13 May 2013 National and Local Elections, and subsequent elections thereafter," particularly Section 3, Rule 4 thereof.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

COMELEC heeds calls for ARMM re-registration

The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Friday gave assurance that it would conduct general registrations in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

Earlier, the COMELEC denied requests from the Executive and Legislative Departments to conduct a new voters' registration in the region citing time constraints in the bidding of additional voter registration machines (VRMs) that will be needed for the process and the lack of funds.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Resolution No. 9387 - Guideline on the Release, Distribution and Regeneration of the Voters' ID Cards

Republic of the Philippines
COMMISSION ON ELECTIONS
Manila

GUIDELINES ON THE RELEASE, DISTRIBUTION AND REGENERATION OF THE VOTERS’ IDENTIFICATION CARDS
x- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - x
BRILLANTES, Sixto, Jr. S.
SARMIENTO, Rene V.
TAGLE, Lucenito N.
VELASCO, Armando C.
YUSOPH, Elias R.
LIM, Christian Robert S.
LAGMAN, Augusto C.
Chairman
Commissioner
Commissioner
Commissioner
Commissioner
Commissioner
Commissioner

RESOLUTION No. 9387
(Promulgated 13, 2012)

WHEREAS, the Commission is mandated under Section 25 of RA 8189 to adopt a design for the voter's identification card to be issued to registered voters which shall serve as a document for their identification;

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Resolution No. 9475 - ARMM Voter Registration [2]

Sec. 4. Duties and Functions of the Resident EO, AEO and VRM Operator. - The following are the duties and functions of the EO, AEO and VRM Operator:

A. Resident Election Officer:
  1. Entertains applications for registration of Barangay where the OEO is located and transfer of registration records from non-ARMM areas;
  2. Exercises over-all administrative supervision of the RCs within his jurisdiction; and
  3. Provides logistical assistance to the AEOs and VRM Operators.
  4. Performs such other functions provided under these Rules or as may be directed by the Commission thru the CIC.
B. Augmentation Election Officer:
  1. Performs the duties and functions of the EO as herein provided;
  2. Administers oaths;
  3. Addresses concerns/issues in his place of assignment and reports all incidents and problems encountered during the registration to the EO or the monitoring team;
  4. Submits to the EO the compiled accomplished application forms and back-up files; and
  5. Performs such other registration related functions as may be directed by the Commission or the CIC or the Monitoring Team Leader.
C. VRM Operator:
  1. Performs the duties and functions as herein provided; and
  2. Makes daily back-up and compile all the accomplished applications for registration.
Sec. 5. Date, time and venue of filing, hearing and approval/disapproval of application for registration and transfer of registration record. - Application for registration shall be personally filed at the OEO or in the designated RC in the city/municipality, from 8:00 o'clock a.m. to 5:00 o'clock p.m., and heard by the Election Registration Board (ERB) in accordance with the following schedule:


Application for transfer of registraton record from non-ARMM to any city/ municipality of ARMM shall be personally filed at the OEO only.  No application for transfer of registration record from non-ARMM shall be entertained by the AEO/interviewer at the RC.  Should an applicant for transfer appear before the AEO/interviewer, he shall be advised to proceed to the OEO to file said application.

In no case shall registration be conducted without the use of VRM in the event the VRM malfunctions or any of the peripherals becomes defective, registration shall be suspended until such time that the same is repaired or replaced.

Sec. 6. Persons allowed inside the RC. - Only the following persons shall be allowed inside the polling place:
a) EO/AEO and VRM Operators;
b) Applicants; and
c) Other persons who may be specifically authorized by the Commission.
Sec. 7. Persons not allowed to enter the RC. - Unless specifically authorized by the Commission, it is unlawful for the following to enter any RC or stay within a radius of ten (10) meters, thereof:
a) Any officer or member of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) or the Philippine National Police (PNP); 
b) Any peace officer or any armed person belonging to any extra-legal police agency, special forces, reaction forces, strike forces, Civilian Armed Force Geographical Units (CAFGU), barangay tanods or other similar forces or para-military forces, including special forces, security guards, special policemen;
c) All other kinds of armed or unarmed extra-legal police forces; and
d) Any barangay official, whether elected or appointed.
However, the EO/AEO may, if it deems necessary, order the detail of a policeman or any peace officer for his protection or for the protection of the registration documents and paraphernalia.  Said policeman or peace officer shall stay outside the RC near enough to be easily called by the EO/AEO at anytime.  In no case shall the said policeman or peace officer hold any conversation with any applicant or disturb or prevent or in any manner obstruct the free access of the applicants to the RC.

Sec. 8. Who may register. - Any Filipino citizen residing in the cities/municipalities of ARMM may register as a voter, provided that he/she is:
a)  At least eighteen (18) years of age on or before May 13, 2013 Elections;
b)  A resident of the Philippines for at least one (1) year and in the place wherein he proposes to vote, for at least six (6) months immediately preceding the May 13, 2013 Elections; and
c)  Not otherwise disqualified by law.
Sec. 9. Who are disqualified to register. - The following are disqualified from registering as a voter:
  1. Any person who has been sentenced by final judgment to suffer imprisonment for not less than one (1) year, such disability not having been removed by plenary pardon or amnesty;
  2. Any person who has been adjudged by final judgment by a competent court or tribunal of having committed any crime involving disloyalty to the duly-constituted government, such as, rebellion, insurrection, violation of the firearms laws, or any crime against national security, unless restored to his full civil and political rights in accordance with law; and
  3. Insane or incompetent person as declared by competent authority, unless subsequently declared by proper authority that such person is no longer insane or incompetent.
Any person disqualified to register under paragraphs (1) and (2) above shall automatically reacquire the right to vote upon expiration of five (5) years after service of sentence.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Resolution No. 9385 - Calendar of Activities and Periods of Certain Prohibited Acts in Connection with the May 13, 2012 National and Local Elections

CALENDAR OF ACTIVITIES AND PERIODS OF CERTAIN PROHIBITED ACTS IN CONNECTION WITH THE MAY 13, 2013 NATIONAL AND LOCAL ELECTIONS
BRILLANTES, Sixto Jr. S.
SARMIENTO, Rene V.,
TAGLE, Lucenito N.,
VELASCO, Armando C.,
YUSOPH, Elias R.,
LIM, Christian Robert S.,
LAGMAN, Augusto C.,
Chairman
Commissioner
Commissioner
Commissioner
Commissioner
Commissioner
Commissioner


Promulgated: 3 April 2012

RESOLUTION No. 9385

PURSUANT to the powers vested in it by the Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines, the Omnibus Election Code (B.P. Blg. 881), Republic Acts No. 6646, 7166, 8189, 8436, 9189, 9369, and other election laws, the Commission on Elections RESOLVED, as it hereby RESOLVES, to prescribe the following calendar of activities and period of certain prohibited acts in connection with the May 13, 2013 national and local elections.

COMELEC: No plan to let poll fraud suspects off the hook

Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr.
By:  Jerome Aning, Marlon Ramos
Philippine Daily Inquirer


THE Commission on Elections (COMELEC) on Wednesday denied it was about to drop electoral sabotage charges against two former provincial election supervisors accused of rigging the 2007 elections but the Department of Justice defended the plan.

Resolution No. 9380 - Reconstituting the Membership of the Technical Evaluation Committee (TEC)

Resolution No. 9380
In the Matter of Reconstituting the Membership of the Technical Evaluation Committee (TEC) in Connection with the May 13, 2013 National and Local Elections
(Promulgated: 3 April 2012)

Supreme Court orders COMELEC to answer bid vs PCOS deal

By:  Marlon Ramos
Philippine Daily Inquirer


THE Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) to file its comment to one of three petitions filed by various parties questioning the COMELEC's purchase of P1.8 billion worth of voting machines that were used during the 2010 elections.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Resolution No. 9385 - Calendar of Activities (May 13, 2013 National and Local Elections)

PREVIOUS 
CALENDAR OF ACTIVITIES 
(continuation)

December 14, 2012 (Fri)
Last day to publish the National Registry of Overseas Absentee Voters (NROAV) at the Comelec and DFA Websites. (Sec. 19, Resolution No. 9269 dated August 3, 2011).

Friday, March 23, 2012

Critics gang up on COMELEC chief over decision to use PCOS machines in 2013 polls

Chairman Sixto Brillantes, Jr.
By:  Christian V. Esguerra
Philippine Daily Inquirer
Friday, March 23, 2012

CRITICS, including losing candidates in the 2010 polls, on Thursday ganged up on Chairman Sixto Brillantes of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) because of his decision to reuse precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines in next year's elections.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Lawmaker urges manual polls in May 2013

By:  Kim Arveen M. Patria
Business World Online


MANILA, Philippines (20 March 2012) - A LAWMAKER has filed a bill which seeks to employ a manual voting system in the May 2013 elections, saying that the use of counting machines in the previous polls was "illegal and irregular."

Comelec finally admitted PCOS defective

SHOOTING STRAIGHT 
By Bobit S. Avila 
March 19, 2012 | Opinion
Last Friday, I was in the midst of a very important meeting when a friend interrupted our meeting to show us a texted report that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) finally approved the purchase of the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines.  My meeting had nothing to do with politics, yet a report like that was shocking enough for us in Cebu because of the incident that happened in the town of Compostela, 25 kilometers North of Cebu City where they didn’t have any town officials for 22 months, thanks to the PCOS machines that doesn’t know now to count!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Group to file TRO against purchase of PCOS machines

By:  REYNALDO SANTOS, JR.

MANILA, Philippines (19 March 2012) - THE DECISION of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) to purchase the 2010 election machines for the 2013 polls could reach the Supreme Court.

Plan to purchase PCOS machines ‘illegal, risky’

By:  Jerome Aning, TJ Burgonio

MANILA, Philippines (19 March 2012) - A poll watchdog said the Commission on Election's (COMELEC) plan to buy Smartmatic Corp.'s used Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines was "illegal" and "risky."

Saturday, March 17, 2012

COMELEC decides to buy Smartmatic's PCOS

By:  Rappler Beta

MANILA, Philippines (15 March 2012) -  IT'S final.  After weeks of dilly dallying, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) formally decided to exercise the "option to purchase" precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines from 2010 automation vendor Smartmatic.  These will be used in the 2013 national and local elections.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Resolution No. 9640 - General Instructions for BEI on Testing and Sealing, Voting, Counting and Transmission of Election Results

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SEC. 13. Prohibition against political activity. - No member of the BEI or its support staff shall engage in any partisan political activity, or take part in the election except to discharge his duties as such and to vote.

SEC. 14. DepEd Supervisors and their Support Staff; Composition and Functions. - There shall be at least one (1) DepEd Supervisor Official with one (1) support staff for every voting center.  In case of polling centers with more than ten (10) clustered precincts, an additional DepEd supervisor official with one (1) support staff shall be constituted, as follows:


The DepEd Supervisors, in coordination with the EO, shall, among other things:

a)  Plan, organize and supervise the setting-up of a voters' assistance center at the voting center to assist voters in locating their polling places/precinct assignments;

b)  Plan, organize and supervise the crowd management at the entrance areas of polling places;

c)  Maintain a list of technical personnel as well as PNP and AFP personnel in the voting centers for efficient coordination in case of need; and

d)  Serve as the contact and point person of the EO in the voting center.

The Support Staff of the DepEd Supervisor shall assist the latter in undertaking the abovementioned functions.

SEC. 15. Honoraria of the BEI and their support staff; DepEd Supervisor and their suppor staff. - The chairman and members of the BEI shall each receive an honorarium of three thousand pesos (P3,000.00).  In addition, each shall receive P500.00 for the Testing and Sealing of Machines; P500.00 for one-time transportation allowance, and service credits for three days of service (day before the elections, election day, and day after elections).

The BEI Support Staff shall receive an honorarium of P1,500.00 each and, if applicable, service credits, for three (3) days of service (day before the elections, election day, and day after elections.

DepEd Supervisors shall receive an honorarium of P3,000.00 and service credits for three (3) days of service (day before the elections, election day, and day after elections); while their support staff shall receive an honorarium of P1,500.00, and service credits for three (3) days of service (day before the elections, election day, and day after elections).

SEC. 16. Insurance of DepEd and Non-DepEd Personnel. - The Commission shall allocate the amount of Thirty Million Pesos (P30,000,000.00) for election-related death or injuries that may be sustained by DepEd and non-DepEd personnel in the performance of election duties; Provided, that, in case of death while in the performance of election duties, the heirs of the deceased official/employee shall be given the amount of Two Hundred Thousand Pesos (P200,000.00).
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