Comelec continues preps despite PRRD’s announcement to postpone baranggay polls
UNTV News • March 24, 2017 • 3066
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
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) announced on Thursday (October 22) that it will revert to weekday schedule for voter registration beginning November 9.
When Comelec resumed voter registration last September 1, it was scheduled to be conducted from Tuesdays to Saturdays.
Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez said reverting to the weekday schedule will provide the agency time to disinfect offices on Saturdays.
“The Commission on Elections deems it necessary to revert to the weekday schedule to make way for Saturday disinfection days in all Offices of the Election Officer nationwide,” he said.
However, the Comelec official clarified that voter registration in areas under localized Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) will remain suspended.
Comelec also reminded the public that minimum health safety protocols will also be implemented during the registration to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
“Wearing of face mask and face shield is mandatory, the number of people to be allowed inside the COMELEC office will be limited to ensure compliance with physical distancing requirements, and applicants are encouraged to bring their own pens,” Jimenez said. AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)
MANILA, Philippines – Former Commission on Elections (COMELEC) chairman Jose Melo has passed away, the poll body’s spokesperson announced.
In a message posted on Twitter, Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez said Melo died on Sunday night. He was 88 years old.
“Sad news tonight. Just received word that Chairman Jose A.R. Melo, former SC Justice, and the COMELEC Chairman who oversaw the country’s transition to full automation from 2008 to 2010, has passed away. He was 88 years old,” Jimenez said.
He, however, did not disclose the cause of Melo’s death .
Prior to leading the poll body, Melo served as Supreme Court Associate Justice for nearly 10 years.
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