Comelec begins printing of ballots for the barangay and SK elections

UNTV News   •   August 10, 2017   •   3272

IMAGE_UNTV_NEWS_080917_Andres Bautista

Comelec has begun the printing of election ballots for the local polls this year.

Comelec chair Andres Bautista said they decided to begin the printing in preparation for the October polls because the decision to postpone it has not been finalized yet.

For his part, former Comelec chair and PPRCV chairman Atty. Rene Sarmiento said Comelec has done just right given the tight schedule.

“Pending the outcome of the talks on Congress dapat po handa po tayo at nag- iimprenta, baka gahulin po sa panahon, ma-postpone man. This is nothing new. This is not new for the Comelec,” Atty. Rene Sarmiento said.

Comelec will spend around Php200-million to complete the printing process.

“Since we are printing 77.2 so it’s Php3 per ballot that’s around 231 million, for the official ballots only,” Printing Committee director Atty. Genevieve Guevarra said.

As the printing begins, the poll body is prioritizing ballots for Batanes, Caraga, Cordillera Administrative Region, regions in the north and lastly, for Metro Manila.

The agency did not include in the list printing of ballots for Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Region due to the ongoing armed conflict in the area.

Comelec targets to print a total of 100,000 to 1.5 million ballots every day for the month of August.

Come September, the agency plans to expedite the processing to accomplish two million daily output until October 9.

Overall, Comelec targets to complete the printing of the 77.2 million official ballots in the next 60 days. – Aiko Miguel | UNTV News and Rescue

Comelec to consider 1-week extension of voter registration

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said it will discuss in the next management committee meeting the possibility of extending the voter registration for one week.

Comelec Commissioner Aimee Ferolino on Friday (September 24) said they are considering the one-week extension for voter registration amid the clamor of Congress for  a one-month extension due to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We decided in the next en banc we will treat the matter of the extension once again, upon consultations with the steering committee and other committees that will be affected by possible extension,” she said.

The House suffrage and electoral reforms committee swiftly approved on Friday a bill seeking to extend voter registration until October 31. The Senate on Wednesday (September 22) also approved on second reading a similar bill extending voter registration until October 31.

However, Ferolino said a month-long extension will be difficult for Comelec since it will affect other calendar activities, including the filing of certificate of candidacy.

“We will discuss this matter with our directors and personnel. The timelines are so tight, a one month extension would be very difficult,” she said. AAC (with reports from Nel Maribojoc)


IATF lists COMELEC personnel, political aspirants as APORs ahead of candidacy filing in October

Robie de Guzman   •   September 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) has included the officials and staff of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) in the list of authorized persons outside of residences (APOR), Malacañang said Friday.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said this in preparation for the opening of the filing of certificate of candidacy period in October.

Also for the purposes of filing of certificates of nomination and certificates of acceptance of nomination for party-list groups and certification of nomination and acceptance of aspirants for May 2022 elections, the following have also been listed as APORs:

  • Chairperson/president or in their absence the secretary-general or authorized representative of the political party, sectoral party, organization or coalition participating under the party-list system of representation
  • Aspirants or their authorized representatives
  • Companions as authorized under COMELEC Resolution No. 10717 dated August 18
  • Comelec officials/personnel in connection with the submission of hard copies of the COCs and related documents/materials to the COMELEC main office as authorized under COMELEC resolution no. 10717

Under the current guidelines for the alert level system in the National Capital Region, only healthcare workers and returning and departing overseas Filipino workers are considered as APORs.

Roque said the decision was made during the IATF meeting on Thursday, Sept. 23.

The period for the filing of candidacy for the May 2022 elections will take place from October 1 to 8.

PNP chief orders cops to ensure orderly voter’s registration as deadline nears

Robie de Guzman   •   September 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar on Friday directed police personnel to ensure the implementation of peace and order, and public health protocols in various sites as the deadline for the voter’s registration nears.

Eleazar issued the directive following reports of crowding and long lines in registration sites with only one week left before the registration closes.

He said police commanders should deploy enough number of personnel in various COMELEC registration sites to ensure the peaceful conduct of registration amid the threat of COVID-19.

Local police offices and units should also coordinate with local government units for the assistance they could provide once deployed in various registration sites.

The voter’s registration for the 2022 national and local elections is set to end on Sept. 30.

There have been calls and bills filed before the Congress to extend it until October, but the Comelec has yet to decide on the matter.


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