Comelec continues preps despite PRRD’s announcement to postpone baranggay polls

UNTV News   •   March 24, 2017   •   3110

Despite the President’s proposed postponement, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said it will continue its preparations for the upcoming barangay and SK polls.

The Comelec is leaving the decision on whether or not to postpone the barangay elections up to Congress.

The agency also emphasized that it remains President Duterte’s partner in ensuring an honest, and clean elections.

However, Comelec notes that the barangay elections in October will push through as stated in the law despite President Rodrigo Duterte’s pronouncement to postpone it.

“If the law mandates the conduct of barangay election and it does , then that’s the guidance Comelec  must  follow.  Therefore , the postponement of the elections is a matter that Comelec must leave entirely to  Congress,” said Comelec Education and Information Department Director IV, James Arthur Jimenez.

Comelec added that pending the passage of a law that allows postponement of barangay polls, it will continue its campaign especially the voters’ registration.

“However, the Comelec must also underscore that the commission is obedient to the laws, which means  that if the election exercise is scheduled in the law, then that is what we are preparing for. For now, there exists a law that says barangay elections will push through in October. So we have to continue the preparations for the upcoming polls,” Jimenez said.

Meanwhile, Senate President Koko Pimentel III is seeking the explanation of the President regarding his preference of postponing the village polls so that the Legislative branch could act accordingly.

“That needs a law,  there should be a legal basis to discuss that with my fellow senators and I hope the Speaker will discuss with his fellow congressmen,” he said. — Aga Caacbay | UNTV News & Rescue

‘Run Sara Run’ banners not considered electoral offense, Comelec says

Robie de Guzman   •   February 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Banners and other paraphernalia urging presidential daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte to run in the 2022 national elections are not considered an electoral offense, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said Friday.

Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez explained that it is not a violation of election laws because it is not election period, and Mayor Sara herself is not a candidate yet.

“Kahit nakapag-file na ng COC (certificate of candidacy) ang tao, kung hindi pa naman nagsisimula ang campaign period, hindi pa siya itinuturing na official candidate. At dahil hindi pa siya official candidate, kahit anong gawin niya, hindi pa siya pwedeng tratuhin bilang kandidato. Ibig sabihin, hindi pa siya pwedeng mag-commit ng election offense,” Jimenez said.

The poll body official said that the banners sprouting in different areas can only be considered as part of freedom of expression.

The campaign period for May 9, 2022 elections will start from February 8 to May 7, 2022.

Sara Duterte earlier thanked her supporters behind the campaign but she reiterated that she has no plans of joining the 2022 presidential polls.

She also urged her supporters to remove the tarpaulins they mounted without permits and to stop staging motorcades and other activities that may violate the health and safety protocols against COVID-19. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

Comelec launches walkathon event to promote voter registration

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is set to launch an event that aims to encourage Filipinos to register in the upcoming 2022 National Elections.

The activity entitled, ‘Walkah Walkah: #MagparehistroKa Voter Education Campaign will see Comelec officials and personnel ride and walk for voter registration on February 26.

During the event, motorcycle riders will take off from Palacio del Gobernador in Intramuros, Manila and will proceed to Mindanao Avenue corner Quirino Highway in Quezon City.

From there, Comelec officials including Spokesperson James Jimenez will lead the walkathon towards Gawad Kalinga Village in Quezon City. Other participants include barangay leaders and other election stakeholders.

Participants will hand out flyers to invite the public to register and inform them about the new protocols amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Comelec, meanwhile, assures health and safety protocols will be implemented. There will also be COVID-19 marshalls that will monitor and ensure these protocols are followed.-AAC

Extended hours for voter registration effective Feb. 15

Marje Pelayo   •   February 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Election (Comelec) has extended voter registration hours across the country.

In a statement, the poll body said all its offices will accept registrations from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Tuesdays to Saturdays, including holidays.

The new schedule, which takes effect Monday (February 15) until the end of September this year, aims at encouraging more Filipinos to register and vote in 2022.

“The designated disinfection day will be moved from Fridays to Mondays in addition to daily disinfection measures being conducted,” the agency said on Sunday (February 14).

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