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Earthquake and other calamities might cause failure of elections—Comelec

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Thursday, April 25th, 2019

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said failure of elections can be declared during an earthquake or other calamities.

Comelec Spokesperson Director James Jimenez said violence, terrorism, and cheating will also cause a failure of elections.

“Halimbawa walang balota, walang election obviously because elections cannot be held at all. Man-made problems, violence, people not showing up for instance or supplies not being delivered. Kapag hindi ka makapagsagawa ng halalan magkakaroon ka ng failure of elections (For example, there are no ballots. There will be no elections obviously, because elections cannot be held at all. Failure of elections will be declared),” he said.

Elections will also be suspended if the lives of voters will be put at risk.

“When there is a natural calamity such that the voting facilities or the polling places are damaged or are unsafe to use. Iyon magkakaroon ng failure of elections iyan (There will be failure of elections),” Jimenez adds.

However, Comelec clarified that failure of elections needs to undergo due process unless it is absolutely necessary to declare it.

Jimenez said that an election office will have to recommend it to Comelec and Comelec En banc will decide if they will declare a failure of elections.

“Hindi iyan automatic, hindi iyan madadaan sa buyo o madadaan sa ingay ng parties(That is not automatic. It cannot be declared just because a party demands it),” he said.

He also clarified that power outage is not a common reason to declare failure of elections because the Vote Counting Machines (VCM) that will be used have batteries.

There are also generator sets in polling areas in the country.

Comelec Field Officials are currently coordinating with power providers and power distributors to ensure there will be no power outage during elections.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

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7.6% of teachers who served as BEIs received honoraria—Comelec

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Monday, May 20th, 2019

Courtesy : PVI-PRESS by rodel acuvera luminares

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has already given out honoraria to 7.6% of teachers who served as Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs).

During a press briefing on Monday (May 20), Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez reported that the distribution of honoraria is going smoothly.

“We have already started the payments of our electoral boards. We have 15 days to complete the payment and I think things are going to go smoothly especially after the Brigada Eskwela which is a factor to be considered here,” he said.

There were 500,000 teachers who served as BEIs in the election.

Based on the Election Service Reform Act (ESRA), the chair of the electoral boards will receive P6,000 while members of the electoral boards P5,000. The Department of Education Supervisor Official (DESO) will receive P4,000 and the support staff will receive P2,000.

They are all also entitled to P1,000 travel allowance.

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NYC’s Cardema deemed resigned from post —Malacañang

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Monday, May 20th, 2019

Ronald Cardema

Malacañang announced that National Youth Commission (NYC) chairperson Ronald Cardema is now considered to have abandoned his position when he filed a petition for substitution before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) as the first nominee of the Duterte Youth Party-list.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Cardena did not seek permission from the Office of the President.

Panelo added that Cardema’s petition and the Comelec’s confirmation that it was timely filed one day before the elections (May 12) connote “that he is considered ipso facto resigned from his present post.”

“As far as we’re concerned, he showed his disinterest in further serving the Executive branch, who are we to stop him,” Panelo said.

Comelec has no decision yet on Cardema’s petition.

The Palace has ordered him “to vacate his office forthwith and turn over all the official papers, documents, and properties in his possession to the Office of the President.”

Panelo has also assured that “the President shall soon appoint a person who can advance the genuine interests and welfare of our country’s youth as the new chairperson of the NYC.” – (with details from Rosalie Coz) /mbmf

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Proclamation of senators and partylist expected early this week—Comelec

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Sunday, May 19th, 2019

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) expects to carry out the proclamation of senators and partylists early this week.

Comelec Director Frances Arabe said during a press briefing on Saturday (May 19) that they are not ready to proclaim the election winners.

“On the matter of proclamation for the senators and partylists, we will announce the date and the time and that we are hoping that it will be early this week,” she said.

Arabe added that the mishaps during the transmission of votes, including the broken SD cards, delayed the canvassing by a week.

“They should have transmitted it at the close of voting, May 13 at 6 p.m. Philippine time. That should have been the date when they have transmitted all of these votes,” she said.

Out of 167 certificates of canvass (COCs), Comelec already canvassed 161 COCs which is 96.31% of the total COCs.

The remaining six certificates of canvass to be processed will come from Isabela province, Zamboanga del Sur, United States, Japan, Nigeria, and Saudi Arabia.

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