Elections

OFWs seek amendments to Absentee Voting Law

Published by rudy Date posted on October 15, 2012

MANILA, Philippines – Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are pushing for online voting and other amendments in the existing provisions of the Overseas Absentee Voting Law. Ellene Sana, Center for Migrant Advocacy (CMA) executive director, said the Senate should immediately pass the proposed amendments on absentee voting law to enable more Filipinos abroad to practice their…

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Comelec issues guidelines on filing of certificates of candidacies for 2013 polls

Published by rudy Date posted on September 12, 2012

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) released on Tuesday the guidelines on the filing of certificates of candidacies (COC) for the May 2013 midterm polls. The Comelec said the filing of COCs will be from October 1 to 5 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and that there will be no extension. The Comelec will release…

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Less than half of OFWs favor absentee voting

Published by rudy Date posted on August 18, 2012

The overseas absentee voting (OAV) law has been dismally implemented despite the huge expenses being proposed by the Commission of Elections (Comelec) and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) for that purpose, Sen. Franklin Drilon said.

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Less than 50% of PWDs got help in 2010 polls – SWS survey

Published by rudy Date posted on July 29, 2012

Manila, Philippines – Less than 50 percent of persons with disabilities (PWDs) who cast their votes in the May 2010 elections received assistance, a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed.

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Noy confirms coalition of LP, NP, NPC in 2013 elections

Published by rudy Date posted on July 6, 2012

MANILA, Philippines – President Aquino confirmed yesterday the imminent coalition of the ruling Liberal Party with the Nacionalista Party and the Nationalist People’s Coalition to field common candidates in the May 2013 senatorial elections.

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Comelec eyes 1 million absentee voters for 2013 elections

Published by rudy Date posted on November 3, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will work double time to reach its target of registering some one million overseas absentee voters (OAV) for the 2013 midterm polls.

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20M Filipinos may not be allowed to vote in 2013 elections – Jimenez

Published by rudy Date posted on August 14, 2011

ABOUT 20 million people are at risk of being excluded by the Commission on Elections from the 2013 elections if House Bill 3469 becomes a law. The bill introduced by Tarlac Rep. Susan A. Yap, Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus B. Rodriguez and Abante Mindanao Rep. Maximo B. Rodriguez, Jr. may be passed by 2013…

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Comelec to implement reforms through 5-year program

Published by rudy Date posted on July 24, 2011

Manila, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) yesterday said it will strive to modernize, reform and redeem the integrity of the agency through a five-year program.

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Registration of voters to resume April 1-Oct. 31

Published by rudy Date posted on February 25, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) yesterday asked those who are qualified as voters to sign up when the continuing registration of voters resumes from April 1 to Oct. 31.

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Successful polls in Phl cited by world freedom group

Published by rudy Date posted on January 14, 2011

WASHINGTON – A successful election in the Philippines in May was one of a few “bright spots” in the annual survey of political rights and civil liberties around the world, said Freedom House, a Washington-based non-government organization.

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THE YEAR THAT WAS: Year of P-Noy and the great automation

Published by rudy Date posted on January 1, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – The year 2010 was a rare one that saw the election of an unlikely president, Benigno Aquino III, who won a six-year term to high office in the country’s first automated polls.

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Arroyo bill seeks to ease rules on absentee voting

Published by rudy Date posted on December 26, 2010

MANILA, Philippines―Former president Macapagal-Arroyo has filed a bill seeking to amend the Overseas Absentee Voting Act to encourage more migrant Filipino workers to participate in the 2013 polls.

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Yearender: Banner year for Comelec after first ever auto polls

Published by rudy Date posted on December 21, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – 2010 was a banner year for the Commission on Elections (Comelec), primarily due to the success of the country’s first automated polls last May 10.

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The party-list system and corruption

Published by rudy Date posted on November 19, 2010

Editor’s note: The Manila Times today publishes the fifth part of the serialization of Mr. Monsod’s assessment of the May 2010 automated polls. The assessment was delivered on November 9, 2010, at the Ateneo de Manila Rockwell campus in Rockwell, Makati City, as a lecture, under the Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation Lecture Series.

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Governance problems

Published by rudy Date posted on November 18, 2010

ANALYSIS Editor’s note: The Manila Times today publishes the fourth part of the serialization of Mr. Monsod’s assessment of the May 2010 automated polls. The assessment was delivered on November 9, 2010, at the Ateneo de Manila Rockwell campus in Rockwell, Makati City, as a lecture, under the Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation Lecture Series.

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The transparency issue

Published by rudy Date posted on November 17, 2010

Editor’s note: The Manila Times today publishes the third part of the serialization of Mr. Monsod’s assessment of the May 2010 automated polls. The assessment was delivered on November 9, 2010, at the Ateneo de Manila Rockwell campus in Rockwell, Makati City, as a lecture, under the Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation Lecture Series.

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The transparency issue

Published by rudy Date posted on November 17, 2010

Editor’s note: The Manila Times today publishes the third part of the serialization of Mr. Monsod’s assessment of the May 2010 automated polls. The assessment was delivered on November 9, 2010, at the Ateneo de Manila Rockwell campus in Rockwell, Makati City, as a lecture, under the Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation Lecture Series.

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Beyond what the voters experienced

Published by rudy Date posted on November 16, 2010

Editor’s note: The Manila Times today publishes the second part of the serialization of Mr. Monsod’s assessment of the May 2010 automated polls. The assessment was delivered on November 9, 2010, at the Ateneo de Manila Rockwell campus in Rockwell, Makati City, as a lecture, under the Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation Lecture Series.

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Was the automated election successful?

Published by rudy Date posted on November 15, 2010

One news item that should have landed in the front pages of newspapers and given equal if not more prominence than the betting odds in the cruel Pacquiao-Margarito boxing bout or the intriguing love life of P-Noy is the assessment of the May 10, 2010 automated elections by former COMELEC Chairman Christian Monsod. Once more…

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An assessment of the 2010 elections

Published by rudy Date posted on November 15, 2010

The Manila Times today begins to serialize Mr. Monsod’s assessment of the May 2010 automated polls, which was delivered on November 9, 2010, at the Ateneo de Manila Rockwell campus in Rockwell, Makati City, as a lecture, under the Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation Lecture Series.

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Same problems dog barangay polls

Published by rudy Date posted on October 26, 2010

Voters complain about long lines, missing names MANILA, Philippines—Peaceful and orderly but with the same old problems. Although no major election-related violent incidents were reported during Monday’s conduct of the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections in Metro Manila, the usual complaints were aired by voters.

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Glitches, blunders, errors, failure marked 2010 polls — CenPeg

Published by rudy Date posted on October 6, 2010

Despite a Supreme Court ruling ordering the Commission on Elections to release to several groups involved in checking on the integrity of the automated election system adopted by the Comelec on May 10, 2010, the source code and other pertinent documents for their testing purposes, the poll body has still not done so, and will…

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BIR cancels elderly’s VAT-free utility bills

Published by rudy Date posted on September 20, 2010

The government has started penalizing senior citizens for its inability to raise revenues. A few days after Malacañang said it would not give priority to a proposal to remove the 12 percent value added tax (VAT) exemption enjoyed by the elderly, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) had stricken off such privilege on water and…

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7 in 10 Pinoys believe results of May 10 polls credible

Published by rudy Date posted on August 12, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – Seven in 10 Filipinos believe the results of the May 10 national elections are more credible than those of previous elections, a recent non-commissioned survey by polling firm Pulse Asia showed.     

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Acclaim for the automated election

Published by rudy Date posted on July 31, 2010

PERIODICALLY, POLLSTERS have the pleasure of announcing good news, which offsets the pain, roughly as periodic, of announcing news not so good. One of the good days was Wednesday (July 28), when Social Weather Stations reported high acclaim for the country’s first use of the automated election system (AES), based on its June 2010 national…

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Random manual audit results show 99.6% accuracy

Published by rudy Date posted on July 29, 2010

MANILA, Philippines — The random manual audit of 1,145 clustered precincts showed that the audit of the presidential, vice-presidential, congressional, gubernatorial, and mayoral races held up against the accuracy rate determined by the National Statistics Office.

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Electronic vote no threat yet to old style ballot box

Published by rudy Date posted on July 12, 2010

HONG KONG – They held elections within days of each other: The Philippines, a lively democracy where politicians get shot dead in the street and Britain, the rock solid ‘mother of all parliaments’.

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Credibility requires transparency

Published by rudy Date posted on July 8, 2010

Interestingly, the Federal Constitutional Court of the Federal Republic of Germany ruled (on March 3, 2009) that the use of voting machines must “meet the constitutional requirements of the principle of the public nature of elections.” The principal basis for this ruling was that “all essential steps of an election… [must be] subject to the…

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Auto polls system lacks transparency — Namfrel

Published by rudy Date posted on July 3, 2010

Contrary to what the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and Smartmatic-TIM Corp., the service provider, claim, the National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel), in its report released yesterday, said the May 10 elections were not as transparent and secure.

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Poll education pushed in curriculum

Published by rudy Date posted on July 2, 2010

THE COMMISSION on Elections (Comelec) will coordinate with Education officials to include voter education in the curriculum, a poll official said yesterday, in preparation for the October elections for barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan officials.

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