COMELEC, mas gustong gamitin ang brand new voting machines para sa 2016 elections

admin   •   January 8, 2015   •   3331

FILE PHOTO: Ang Precinct Count Optical Scan o PCOS machine na naging bahagi na ng 2 national elections. (ROMALDO MICO SOLON / Photoville International)

MANILA, Philippines – Kung nasunod ang orihinal na plano nang COMELEC, wala na sanang uusbong na mga katanungan kaugnay sa paghahanda nito sa nalalapit na 2016 presidential elections.

Sa panayam ng programang Get it Straight with Kuya Daniel Razon, sinabi ni COMELEC Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. na naiwasan sana ang mga pagdududa kung naisakatuparan ang orihinal na planong mga bagong voting machine ang gagamitin sa darating na halalan.

Ngunit dahil sa kakulangan ng budget at sa rekomendasyon na rin ng COMELEC Advisory Council noong Agosto ay ginamit ang mga lumang PCOS machine.

“Gusto namin noong una, bibili na lang ng bago para wala nang ingay.”

Nahaharap ngayon sa kaliwa’t kanang batikos ang COMELEC matapos ibigay nito sa Smartmatic ang refurbishment o pagkukumpuni sa 82,000 PCOS machines na gagamitin sa 2016 presidential elections.

Ilang grupo na rin ang nagbanta na dadalhin sa Korte Suprema ang usapin.

Paliwanag naman ng COMELEC, tanging diagnostics pa lang ng mga makina ang pinayagang gawin ng Smartmatic.

Ito ay upang makita kung may kailangang kumpunihin.

Ayon kay Brillantes, ibang usapan na ang pagsasagawa ng major repair sa mga makina na pwede umanong idaan sa public bidding, ngunit sa Smartmatic pa rin bibilhin ang mga piyesang gagamitin.

“Sila may gawa ng hardware, sila may control sa software, bakit patitingnan sa ibang casa na di sila ang gumawa? Sabi nga ng isang gagawa, kakalasin at bubuksan. Pero sa Smartmatic, isang tingin lang, kita na nila ang problema,” ani Brillantes.

Giit pa nito, iniiwasan nila ang magipit sa panahon dahil kung idadaan sa bidding ang diagnostic, tinatayang aabutin pa ito ng dalawang buwan o higit pa.

Nitong Disyembre lang rin naaprubahan ang budget para dito kaya ngayon lang nila mauumpisahan ang proseso ng refurbishment.

“Kung di umabot, di magagamit ang 80,000 PCOS, babalik tayo sa manual.”

Nanindigan din si Brillantes na walang midnight deal sa kasunduan nito sa Smartmatic. (Victor Cosare / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

Senate approves bill extending voter registration for 1 month

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 28, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Senate on Monday (September 27) approved on third and final reading a bill extending voter registration by 30 days.

Senate Bill No. 2408, an Act Extending the Registration of Voters for the 2022 National and Local Elections, was unanimously approved by all senators and agreed that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) needed to be compelled to move the deadline after its continued rejection of the proposal.

Senator Miguel Zubiri, main sponsor of the bill, said there is no need for a bicameral meeting as the Senate will adopt the House of Representatives’ version of the bill. He added that the final version will be sent to President Rodrigo Duterte for his signature.

“Hopefully the President will sign this request,” Zubiri said.

The extension of voter registration, according to Zubiri,  would prevent the disenfranchisement of about 12 million eligible voters.

In the bill’s explanatory note, the senators stressed that almost six months of the registration period was lost when strict lockdowns were imposed during the pandemic. More days were lost too when areas were reverted back to enhanced community quarantine (ECQ)or modified ECQ.

Comelec set the voter registration deadline to September 30, which was before the pandemic, the senators said.

“In this connection, Comelec could not have anticipated the adverse impact of the pandemic on voter registration and must make the necessary adjustments to allow more unregistered potential voters to register. In fact, voter registration was suspended several times due to the adverse effect of Covid-19,” the senators added. AAC

 

 

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.

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