Showing posts with label Commission on Elections. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Commission on Elections. Show all posts

Sunday, July 15, 2018

COMELEC sets July 16 deadline for registration of political parties for 2019 mid-term elections

INTRAMUROS, Manila (15 Jul 2018) - POLITICAL parties, which will participate in next year's mid-term elections have only until this Monday to file their petitions for registration, according to the Commission on Elections (COMELEC).

COMELEC Resolution 10395 fixes July 15, 2018, as the last day of filing petitions for registration of political parties and the registration of coalition of political parties on August 31, 2018.

However, since the deadline falls on a Sunday, the COMELEC en banc decided to extend submissions of petitions for registration of political parties until 5 p.m. on July 16, 2018, Monday.

Under Section 61, Article 8 of the Omnibus Election Code, "Any organized group of persons seeking registration as a national or regional political party may file with the Commission a verified petition attaching thereto its constitution and by-laws, platform or program of government and such other relevant information as may be required by the Commission.

The Commission shall, after due notice and hearing, resolve the petition within ten days from the date it is submitted for decision."

Petitions for registration may be submitted before the Clerk of the Commission.  Payment of a fee of P10,000 will be required.

The COMELEC has also resumed the system of continuing registration of voters for purposes of the scheduled May 13, 2019, national and local elections to give qualified Filipinos the opportunity to register and exercise their right to suffrage.

COMELEC Resolution 10392 sets the period for filing of an application for registration as voters from July 2 to September 29, 2018, Mondays to Saturdays, including holidays.

On the same dates, COMELEC offices around the country will also entertain applications for transfer/transfer with reactivation, reactivation, change/correction of entries/and including/reinstatement of records in the list of voters.

The resumption of the system of continuing registration of voters shall be conducted nationwide, except in Marawi City.

Section 8 of Republic Act (RA) 8189 or The Voter's Registration Act of 1996 provides for the system of continuing registration of voters. [William B. Depasupil, The Manila Times Online]

Monday, July 2, 2018

COMELEC resumes voter registration on Monday

The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) resumes voter registration on Monday the continuing registration of voters for the 2019 synchronized local and national elections.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Almost 100 percent proclaimed winners in village, youth polls

INTRAMUROS, Manila - About 99.81 percent of all barangays in the country have proclaimed their winning candidates in Monday's Barangay (village) and Sangguniang Kabataan (youth council) polls, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) said Tuesday.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Poll Workers' Honoraria Ready for Release on Election Day - COMELEC

INTRAMUROS, Manila - The Commission on Elections assures poll workers who will render service in the 2018 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Elections that they will be paid the full sum of their compensation upon the completion of their election duties on May 14, 2018.

According to the COMELEC Finance Service Department, the honoraria and travel allowances will be paid either in cash or through the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) cash card.  

For certain priority areas, poll workers will be paid in cash.  In other places, they will receive their compensation through DBP cash cards.  The payment of their compensation will be made by the Election Officers of their respective localities.

As per R.A. 10756 or the Election Service Reform Act, the following poll workers are entitled to the corresponding honoraria: Chairperson of the Electoral Boards, PhP 6,000; Members of the Electoral Boards, PhP 5,000; Department of Education Supervisor Official (DESO), PhP 4,000; and Support Staff, PhP 2,000.  Additionally, they are entitled to a travel allowance of PhP 1,000 each.

Pursuant to Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Ruling No. 003-08 dated April 14, 2018, honoraria and travel allowances are subject to 5% withholding tax. [Education and Information Department, COMELEC]

Friday, April 27, 2018

No automatic disqualification for bets on drug list - COMELEC

James Jimenez
INTRAMUROS, Manila - Having a candidate's name included in the drug watchlist of the government would not automatically disqualify or bar him from running in an election, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) clarified on Friday.

COMELEC Spokesman James Jimenez explained that only a final judgment on the alleged crime - a court conviction - would disqualify a candidate's bid for public office, apart from other factors of disqualification.

"Having your name on the list of drug suspects or people suspected to be involved in the drug trade will not really have an effect on what the COMELEC does," Jimenez said in a press briefing.

"Being on [a] drug list will not disqualify a person from running for office.  Disqualification only comes from a final judgment against the person, apart from other reasons for disqualification," the polling body official said. [Julius N. Leonen,]

Thursday, April 19, 2018

No need for bio-data, campaign platform in COCs--COMELEC

INTRAMUROS, Manila - The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) on Sunday said there is no need for candidates in the May 14 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls to attach their bio-data and campaign platforms in Certificates of Candidacy (COCs).

"It actually has no bearing in the filing of COCs.  The Election Officer will accept the COC forms, with or without bio-data (and) program of government," COMELEC posted on Twitter.

The clarification was issued after receiving queries if the poll body added new requirements in the filing of COCs.

The COMELEC, however, noted that it would be better if poll aspirants who will file COCs will include such documents.

"This will help you in informing and educating voters in voting wisely come campaign period," the COMELEC added.

The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) earlier urged COMELEC to require barangay and SK bets to submit their bio-data or resume.

Last Saturday, the poll body started the period of filing COCs for the village and youth polls, which will run until Friday, April 20.

COCs must be filed with the Office of the Election Officer that has jurisdiction over the barangay, where they are seeking office, between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Meanwhile, Commissioner Rowena Guanzon advised would-be candidates to make sure that they are not members of any political party.

"Be aware: Candidates for barangay positions will sign Certificate of Candidacy that states they are not members of any political party, group, or coalition of parties," she posted on Twitter.

Under Section 38 of the Omnibus Election Code, no person, who files a COC, shall represent or allow himself to be represented as a candidate of any political party or any other organization during the barangay and SK elections.

"They could be penalized in accordance with the provisions of the Omnibus Election Code, which is a criminal offense," Guanzon added. [Ferdiand Patinio, PNA]

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Barangay, SK candidates have until Friday to file COCs - COMELEC

INTRAMUROS, Manila - The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) on Wednesday said the period for the filing of Certificate of Candidacy (COC) by aspirants in the May 14 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections will not be extended.

COMELEC Spokesperson James Jimenez noted that those who would like to participate in the forthcoming polls have until Friday to submit their respective COCs at the poll body office in the city/municipality they intend to run.

"We will not have an extension.  It will end Friday, April 20.  We don't have an announcement or plan to extend the filing period.  As we speak, April 20 is our last day of filing and our office hours are still 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.," he said in a weekly forum in Manila.

Jimenez added that after the filing period, the COCs will be brought to the COMELEC central office for evaluation.

"We need to finish the evaluation for two weeks then we will issue a list of candidates for the village and youth polls," he said.

Meanwhile, the COMELEC reported that a total of 305,082 COCs have been filed since the filing period started on April 14.

Of the number, a total of 225,617 COCs were filed for barangay elections, with 28,436 vying for barangay chairman and 197,181 aspiring for kagawad (councilor).

Meanwhile, 79,465 COCs were filed for SK elections, with those vying for chairman numbering to 18,298 and kagawad totaling to 61,167.

Jimenez said the figures were from the reports of 1,444 cities and municipalities. [Ferdinand Patinio, PNA]

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Bizman nabbed for poll gun ban violation

GAPAN CITY, Nueva Ecija - A 42-year-old businessman from this city is the first violator of the gun ban in connection with the forthcoming Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections (BSKE).

Dennis Beley, a resident of Barangay San Roque of this southern Nueva Ecija city, yielded a cal. 45 pistol "with an inserted magazine and three live ammunition, police said.

Supt. Peter Madria, Gapan City police chief, said Beley was on board a Mitsubishi L300 van (ATA 3451) when he was flagged down in a checkpoint in Barangay Sto. Cristo at around 1:05 a.m. Saturday, barely an hour after the election period took effect.

"Beley voluntarily opened the sling bag with the gun and had subsequently presented pertinent documents," Madria said.

He said all gun permits are temporarily suspended due to election ban.

The suspect is now facing charges of violation of the Omnibus Election Code. [Marilyn Galang, PNA] 

Friday, April 13, 2018

Election Period starts April 14, Gun Ban & Filing of Certificate of Candidacy

THE Commission on Elections (COMELEC) today said that the Election Period in connection with the May 14, 2018 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE) will start on April 14, 2018, and will run until May 21, 2018.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Party-list groups have until April 30 to register - COMELEC

INTRAMUROS, Manila - New and existing party-list organizations may file their manifestation to participate in the 2019 midterm elections until April 30, 2018, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) said Monday.

"Certificates of Candidacy" for village polls now available

MANILA (2 Apr 2018) - The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) on Monday announced that certificates of candidacy (COCs) for the May 14 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections can now be downloaded online.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

COMELEC to probe Sotto fraud expose

THE Commission on Elections (COMELEC) on Wednesday said it will investigate alleged poll irregularities earlier exposed by Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III that supposedly altered the results of the 2016 national elections.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

COMELEC summons former President Aquino, ex-aides over immunization program

INTRAMUROS, Manila - THE Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Law Department has summoned former President Benigno Aquino III and two former Cabinet secretaries to an investigation into an alleged election offense involving the purchase of the anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

COMELEC: Palace statement to end 'uncertainty' of village polls' fate

James Jimenez
INTRAMUROS, Manila - The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) is hoping that Malacanang's pronouncement stating that this year's Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE) will push through, will put an end to the uncertainty on whether to postpone it or not.

"This is something that the people should be aware of because the President is all too often used as an excuse (to postpone BSKE)," COMELEC spokesperson James Jimenez said in an interview Tuesday.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Ballot printing in full swing despite calls for another postponement of village and youth polls

INTRAMUROS, Manila (17 Feb 2018) - PRINTING of additional 18 million ballots for the coming barangay (village) and Sangguniang Kabataan (Youth Council) elections has pushed through despite strong indications from leaders of Congress to postpone anew the two polls.

Commission Elections (COMELEC) spokesman James Jimenez said the additional ballots were for new voters who registered during the 25-day continuing registration held last November 2017 and also for voters of Mindanao in Southern Philippines.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Surigao congressman files bill to postpone barangay and SK polls

SURIGAO City (17 Feb 2018) - Surigao del Sur Congressman Johnny Pimentel seeks to postpone the barangay and SK elections scheduled this May 2018 to another date in October 2018.

House Bill No. 7072 filed by Representative Pimentel seeks to give the Commission on Elections and other involved agencies additional time to further ensure credible and effective barangay elections.

Friday, January 19, 2018

COMELEC to use 2017 Ballots for 2018 Village & Youth polls

INTRAMUROS, Manila (19 Jan 2018) - The Commission on Elections is set to use the already printed October 23, 2017 official ballots, accountable and non-accountable forms for purposes of the May 14, 2018 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Elections in effort to save public funds and government resources.

Under Resolution No. 10248, voters in the National Capital Region (NCR), Luzon and Visayas Regions will be using the 59,578,346 official ballots which were printed from August 9, 2017 to September 30, 2017.

New and additional ballots, accountable and non-accountable forms will also be printed for those who registered from November 6, 2017 to November 30, 2017.  There were 843,588 voter applicants, but the Election Registration Boards (ERBs) are yet to verify, certify and seal the List of Voters on February 7, 2018.  To avoid confusion, these new ballots will bear October 23, 2017 as the date of the elections.

However, the ballots, accountable and non-accountable forms that will be printed for the Mindanao Regions will bear May 14, 2018 as the date of the elections.

No official ballots and other forms were printed for the entirety of Mindanao following the postponement of the elections there, as per COMELEC Resolution EM No. 17-003 promulgated on September 5, 2017.

Section 43 of the Omnibus Election Code does not prescribe the form and contents of the official barangay ballots nor does it require that the date of the election be specified. [Education and Information Department]

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Polls postponement, costly - COMELEC

"Postponing the Barangay and SK polls, doesn't come cheaply."  COMELEC spokesperson Atty. James Jimenez announced in his Facebook page, COMELEC Spox, Wednesday, 20 September 2017.

Jimenez explained, "By the time the Senate voted to pass the postponement measure however, the Commission on Elections had already printed 26,189,091 ballots for the Barangay elections and 1,761,764 ballots for the SK polls."

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