Comelec campaigns to remove doubts on automated elections

Marje Pelayo   •   August 15, 2018   •   5894

PASAY CITY, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) wants to employ concrete security features that will further protect the automation system of the 2019 midterm elections.

This is the priority of the agency cited by Comelec Commissioner Marlon Casquejo during the Senate hearing at his confirmation by the Commission on Appointment (CA) on Wednesday (August 15).

Casquejo said they want to remove doubts on poll automation process cast by allegations of irregularities in the 2016 election that recently surfaced.

One of the measures that the poll body plans to impose would be the use of the board of election inspector’s digital signature to limit the number of persons transmitting the votes.

“That is to make sure the one transmitting from precinct level going to canvassing level would be the BEI itself who transmits the result because of the presence of the digital signature,” Casquejo said.

Comelec also plans to require additional details from voters which will appear in the voter’s receipt. Likewise, the agency will put QR codes in each official ballot to immediately identify its origin.

A public viewing of the source code review is also being considered. The source code serves as the blueprint of the vote counting machines and by opening the process to the public, defects and problems in functionalities of the machines will be easily identified.

The Comelec said that even without the controversial exposé of election fraud accuser Atty. Glenn Chong, the said measures are essential in an automated election.

“Nag-i-improve ang teknolohiya so every elections iyan, independently of the allegations of Mr Chong,” explained Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez.

Jimenez said the poll body is now scrutinizing the documents presented by Chong allegedly proving irregularities in the 2016 election.

“Kailangan ibangga yung dokumento niya duon sa alam natin na authentic na dokumento,” he concluded. – Nel Maribojoc / Marje Pelayo

Disqualification case filed against Marcos anew

Maris Federez   •   December 2, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — A new disqualification case has been filed before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) against the bid of former Senator Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos to run for president in the 2022 national elections.

Akbayan Partylist said they filed the case against Marcos citing his conviction for violating the Tax Code, a crime, the group claimed, that involves moral turpitude.

Akbayan Youth chairperson Dr. RJ Naguit said the Court’s decision convicting Marcos in 1995 for not filing his Income Tax Returns from 1982 to 1985 is a solid basis for their case.

“Dahil dun sa tax evasion case na yon permanently disqualified siya from running any govt position. So yun ang pinaghahawakan natin na ground ng ating complaint ngayon,” Naguit said.

The group called on Comelec to fast-track the process and immediately release a resolution on the case.

Meanwhile, the Marcos camp opined that the said move is just one of the many attempts to oppress and ensnare the former senator by a group of people whose hearts are filled with hate.

“We respect the right of every disillusioned group to take whatever legal action they think would best see their own agenda, as we also expect them to respect our right to be heard,” said Marcos’ chief of staff and spokesperson Atty. Victor D. Rodriguez.

“Hinggil sa mga kasong isinampa at isasampa pa laban kay BBM ay naniniwala kami na lahat nang ito ay bahagi ng patuloy na pang-aapi kay presidential aspirant Bongbong Marcos ng iisang grupo ng mga taong likas na negatibo ang pananaw sa buhay, puno ng poot ang puso at ayaw na umusad ang bansa tungo sa magandang bukas,” he added.

Rodriguez reiterated that they will not be swayed by this latest development.

“Pero habang pilit na hinahadlangan ng mga grupong may mapanirang uri ng pulitika ang kandidatura ni Bongbong Marcos ay patuloy lang ang BBM-Sara Uniteam sa kanilang layunin na pagbuklurin ang bansa sa gitna ng pandemya at ibangon ang ating mga Kababayan sa ganap na kahirapan at patuloy na maghahatid ng pag-asa para sa lahat,” he said. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Dante Amento)

Comelec targets to release resolution on disqualification case vs Marcos before Dec. 15

Maris Federez   •   November 26, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) announced that it has concluded the preliminary conference on a petition that called for the cancellation of the certificate of candidacy of presidential aspirant Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos, Jr. Friday afternoon.

Comelec spokesperson Director James Jimenez said the poll body targets to release the resolution of the case before December 15.

Jimenez said the preliminary conference was conducted swiftly and each side of the petitioner and the respondent was given the opportunity to submit amendments or change their submitted argument or position.

“Ang pinaka general area na pinag-usapan ay, number one, yung statement of the issue in which both parties are given the opportunity to say ano yung formulation nung issue according to their own opinion based on their own appreciation of the case and then amendments and stipulations,” Jimenez said.

Based on the processes done on cancellation cases, the next step will be the submission of a memorandum or position of both parties in the case.

Jimenez, however, said that this will not yet happen as the poll body has to resolve two other pending issues first, such as the petition for intervention filed by the group of Atty. Howard Calleja, and the motion filed by the Marcos camp that seeks for the conduct of face-to-face oral arguments on the case.

“After the incidents are resolved then the Comelec will say how long it will give the parties to submit their respective memoranda,” Jimenez explained.

Jimenez, however, said the Second Division led by Commissioners Antonio Kho and Socorro Inting may possibly complete their resolution on the case before the release of the final list of candidates on December 15. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Dante Amento)

Comelec resumes issuance of voter’s certification on May 10

Marje Pelayo   •   May 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec)  will resume the issuance of voter’s certification on Monday (May 10) in its head office in Intramuros, Manila.

In a statement, Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez said: “Registered voters nationwide may apply for a voter’s certification from Mondays to Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 4;30 p.m. at the Comelec’s National Central File Division (NCFD) satellite office, located at the back of Chowking in FEMI Building, Extension Cabildo Street cor A. Soriano Avenue, Intramuros, Manila.”

The public is advised that application for the issuance of voter certification are by appointment only.

Likewise, the no face mask, no face shield policy  is strictly imposed within the Comelec premises to ensure the safety of the public, “even while the NCR (National Capital Region) Plus remains under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine.”

Here are the steps on how to apply for a voter’s certification:

1. Set an appointment via the Facebook page of the Comelec-NCFD accessible through this link:(bit.ly/NCFDFBPage)

2. Go to bit.ly/OnlineVoterCertificationApplication and fill out the online voter certification request form. Clicking “submit” will automatically forward the completed form to the Comelec.

3. An appointment confirmation slip will be emailed by Comelec to the applicant. The applicant should print out the appointment slip.

4. Go to the Comelec-NCFD satellite office on the appointed date and time. Present the appointment slip and other documentary requirements. Proceed to payment and await release of the voter’s certification.

On the day of the appointment, the Comelec reminded the public on the following:
1. At the Comelec-NCFD satellite office, present one valid ID. Submit a photocopy of the same ID.

2. Pay the P75 fee.

3. An authorized representative bearing an authorization letter may transact on behalf of the applicant. The representative must have a valid ID and a photocopy of the same ID.

The Comelec also noted that the “voter’s certification is free of charge for senior citizens, persons with disability, members of Indigenous Peoples and Indigenous Cultural Communities, and solo parents.”

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