Bangsamoro Organic Law is now deemed ratified —Comelec

admin   •   January 25, 2019   •   3173

The National Plebiscite Board of Canvassers (NPBOC) has issued a resolution ratifying the Bangsamoro Organic Law or RA 11054.

This was after majority of the registered voters in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) voted in favor of it : 1, 0540, 017 votes for “yes” and 198, 750 voted for “no”.

Cotabato City will become a part of the newly created Bangsamoro Autonomous Region Of Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) after garnering 36, 682 “yes” votes and 24, 994 “no” votes.

However, Isabela City will not be a part of the BARMM after the “no” votes won with 22, 441 against 19, 032 “yes” votes.

The NPBOC is now preparing and will be submitting a copy of the result of the first part of the plebiscite to the Office of the President , the Senate and the House of Representatives. — Aiko Miguel

The consolidated canvass report of the National Plebiscite Board of Canvassers

COMELEC to launch mobile registration app on June 15

Robie de Guzman   •   June 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – A mobile application that aims to streamline the voter registration process will be launched on Tuesday, June 15, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) said Monday.

In a statement, COMELEC said the launching of the Mobile Registration Form App will be held in Tagum City, Davao del Norte.

The mobile app can be accessed with any smartphone even when offline, the poll body said.

“The launch of the mobile app is very timely in the face of mobility restrictions brought about by COVID-19, because you will only need a smartphone to accomplish the form. This will save time, effort and money that will otherwise be spent on going to a computer shop to download and print the form, or getting the form at the local COMELEC to fill it out manually,” said COMELEC Commissioner Marlon Casquejo, who conceptualized the project.

“A QR Code is generated upon successful accomplishment of the form. You must save the QR Code on your smartphone, and afterwards, you may visit your local COMELEC office to have your QR Code scanned and your biometrics taken,” he added.

The Mobile Registration Form App is downloadable through the link, bit.ly/MobileFormApp. It can also be shared offline from one Android smartphone to another through SHAREit or any other file-sharing application.

Once installed, the user may already apply for voter registration without need for internet connectivity.

COMELEC said that the app was rolled out in select pilot areas at the start of June.

“It is currently being implemented in more than 500 cities and municipalities nationwide, including National Capital Region (NCR), Cebu City and Davao City,” it added.

Steps on using the Mobile Registration Form App:

  • Open the mobile app, and tap “Get Started”
  • Select the desired type of application and tap “Proceed”
  • Input all the necessary personal information
  • Confirm your personal information by ticking the checkbox
  • Tap “Generate QR Code” and “Save” to save it in your phone gallery
  • Bring a valid ID upon visiting your local COMELEC office for your QR Code scanning.

“For any question or clarification about the mobile app, our Voter Care Center hotlines on mobile (+63 927 5595 926), Facebook (facebook.com/comelec.ph) and Twitter (twitter.com/COMELEC) are open to the public,” Spokesperson James Jimenez said.

Comelec eyes limited face-to-face campaign

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) still has yet to release official guidelines for the campaign in the 2022 national elections.

Comelec Commissioner Antonio Kho Jrsaid the agency will still allow physical campaigning. However, the Comelec commissioner said they will discourage physical interaction which would put the public and the candidates at risk.

“We will probably limit the number of people to attend, the time, as well as ang walang interaction, in the sense that magkaroon ang pagha-handshake, maghahawak ng babies, maghahalik ng mga babies. Idi-discourage na namin iyan,” he said.

(We will also limit interaction. We will discourage handshakes and holding and kissing babies.)

Comelec is also encouraging candidates to campaign using social media. It will also consider limiting the expenses in social media campaigns similar to campaign spending in broadcast advertisements.

The agency is also considering launching a website to accommodate candidates in their campaign activities.

“We will be strict on that matter especially we anticipate that this coming election, social media presence will be a major thing for campaigns. It’s a great equalizer probably for people, for candidates with less funding,” Kho said.

The campaign period for the national candidates will begin on February 8 until May 7, 2022, and that for local candidates will begin on March 27 until May 7, 2022.

Meanwhile, Comelec is also looking into setting schedules for candidates to file their certificates of candidacy in October to avoid crowding and mass gatherings in their office. AAC (with reports from Harlene Delgado)

Comelec begins drafting guidelines for online campaigning

Marje Pelayo   •   May 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) sees the benefits of online platforms for candidates in the upcoming 2022 elections.

Given the current situation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a need for such a mode of campaigning to curb COVID-19 transmission.

According to Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez, they are still finalizing the guidelines on the use of online platforms in election campaigning.

Comelec stressed that the poll body is looking for other methods that the candidates may adopt amid the COVID-19 situation.

“It’s not really advisable for the candidates to go on a face to face campaign. I think we may limit or we may introduce some other forms of campaign that the candidates can adopt,” said Commissioner Aimee Ferolino.

For election watchdog Kontra Daya, one crucial aspect that needs to be closely monitored is the campaign spending of every candidate.

The group said some have already  started campaigning. The Philippines Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) has released a list of potential bets who have begun posting campaign feelers on social media.

Another important aspect that needs monitoring is the possible spread of misinformation or the so-called negative campaigning.

“Kailangan talaga na tingnang mabuti ang kanilang mga mensahe. Bakit sila naging instant commercial model? Bakit merong silang biglaan infomercial na isinasagawa? Ilang buwan bago yung formal na campaign period,” said Danilo Arao, Kontra Daya’s convenor.

The group suggests allowing face-to-face campaigning but with limitations because not all candidates can afford the huge cost of radio, TV and internet campaigning. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

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