Registrants flood COMELEC to beat October deadline

admin   •   October 22, 2015   •   2711

Bulk of registrants troop at a Comelec satellite office in a TESDA center in Tondo, Manila on October 22, 2015 for voters registration. (Rovic Balunsay / Photoville International)

Bulk of registrants troop at a Comelec satellite office in a TESDA center in Tondo, Manila on October 22, 2015 for voters registration. (Rovic Balunsay / Photoville International)

MANILA, Philippines — It was just nine in the morning but a long line of people trying to register or validate their biometrics can be seen outside the Arroceros, Manila office of COMELEC.

To avoid overcrowding inside the building, people were allowed entry by batches.

All of them have their own reason for registering only now even if the registration period had started since May last year.

Mrs. Anerva de Guzman, a registrant, only visited COMELEC today even though she was notified by the poll body early this year to have her biometrics data validated to be able to vote next year. “Busy ako eh kaya ngayon lang ako nakapunta,” she said. (I was busy so it is only now that I was able to register.)

Election officer, Narciso Arabe said,” Palagi silang may dahilan. Alam mo naman, pag ayaw may dahilan pag gusto may paraan. Kaya ang palaging sinsabi busy. Yung sabado at linggo busy ka pa rin ba nun?”

(All of them have their own reasons but if there’s a will there’s a way. They say they’re always busy. Are they still busy even on Saturdays or Sundays?)

Inside the building it was very hot because the fans were not working. Arabe said they already anticipated the surge of people that are coming as the deadline draws near.

However, he stressed that they can only process more than 300 people a day because they are only using two computers for the registration process.

COMELEC chairman Andres Bautista said they have already formed 40 special teams ready for deployment to areas that needs augmentation.

A bus from the MMDA can also be utilized by COMELEC to support areas that are in need of assistance. COMELEC chairman, Andres Bautista said, since COMELEC offices have limited spaces for additional machines, the bus can serve as a mobile office.

Bautista stressed that the deadline for the registration is October 31.

COMELEC has been implementing a 12-hour registration period in their local offices.

Satellite registrations are also conducted in malls, covered courts and gymnasiums among others. Satellite registration schedules can be seen in the poll body’s website (UNTV News)

CA confirms Bulay’s appointment to COMELEC

Robie de Guzman   •   December 1, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Appointments (CA) on Wednesday confirmed the nomination of lawyer Rey Bulay as a new Commission on Elections (COMELEC) commissioner.

Bulay got unanimous votes from the 25-man panel after the CA committee on constitutional commissions and offices conducted a hearing to determine his experience and capability to hold a sensitive government post.

President Rodrigo Duterte nominated Bulay to COMELEC in November to replace former COMELEC Commissioner Luie Tito Guia who retired in February 2020.

Prior to his appointment, Bulay served as Manila chief city prosecutor and a commissioner at the Presidential Commission on Good Government.

He also served as councilor of Muntinlupa City in the early part of his career as a public servant.

Bulay’s tenure in COMELEC will end on February 2, 2027.

Aplikasyon para sa exemption sa election gun ban at security detail recall, simula na sa Dec. 1

Robie de Guzman   •   December 1, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Simula Miyerkules, Disyembre 1, ay tatanggap na ng aplikasyon ang Philippine National Police (PNP) at Commission on Elections para sa exemption sa gun ban at security detail recall kaugnay ng 2022 elections.

Ayon kay PNP spokesperson Police Colonel Augustus Alba, tatagal hanggang Mayo 25 ang application period.

Batay sa Comelec Resolution 10728, ipinagbabawal ang pagdadala ng baril kapag nagsimula na ang election period sa Enero 9 hanggang Hunyo 8, 2022.

Kailangan ding i-recall ang lahat ng security detail na dineploy ng Police Security and Protection Group sa mga pulitiko, opisyal ng pamahalaan at pribadong indibiduwal.

 Tanging ang mga may pahintulot lamang ng Comelec ang bibigyan ng bantay.

Exempted sa recall ng security detail ang Presidente, Bise Presidente, Senate President, House Speaker, Supreme Court Chief Justice, AFP chief of staff at major service commanders, COMELEC chairman, mga kalihim ng Department of National Defense at ng Interior and Local Government, at senior officers ng PNP.

Ang mga ire- recall na security detail o protection security personnel ay isasalang naman sa VIP security and protection refresher course.

Sa lahat ng interesado ay maaaring mag-apply online sa official website ng COMELEC.

Comelec to hold nationwide mock elections before year ends

Maris Federez   •   November 30, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is set to conduct a nationwide mock election on December 29, 2021 as part of the poll body’s preparations for the 2022 national and local elections.

According to Comelec Deputy Executive Director for Operations Atty. Teopisto Elnas, Jr., mock elections will be done in Metro Manila and six other provinces.

In Luzon, it shall be conducted in the provinces of Isabela and Albay. In the Visayas, it shall be held in the Negros Oriental and Leyte; while in Mindanao, the mock elections will be conducted in Davao del Sur.

In Metro Manila, the selected cities for the mock elections are Pateros, Taguig, and Pasay; while in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, it will be conducted in Maguindanao province.

In total, the mock elections will be done in 34 barangays nationwide and will target 4,800 registered voters.

Comelec spokesperson, Director James Jimenez, said the commission will meet with the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) on December 4.

“To discuss the security preparations for the mock elections. Medyo ano kasi malaki yong mock elections, the mock elections will involve real voters and a real board of election inspectors. So there is a lot of concern about safety and security,” he said.

Jimenez added that the IATF is welcome to give its inputs on how the mock elections must be done.

“Hindi pa kasi final we’re just starting to prepare for it but it will be nationwide so that’s mean that it will have a location in Luzon, Visayas,and Mindanao,” Jimenez said. —/mbmf


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