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Comelec to hold special registration for PWD on July 20

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, July 19th, 2018



MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will hold special offsite registration for persons with disability (PWD) in Region 1 on Friday (July 20).

The registration will be set up in covered courts in the municipalities of Pangasinan, Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Aside from new registrants, Comelec will also open reactivation of voters’ registration, correction of entry and reinstatement of records.

The said voters’ registration is part of the poll body’s preparations for the May 2019 national and local elections. It runs from June 2 to September 29, 2018. – UNTV News and Rescue

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Comelec campaigns to remove doubts on automated elections

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

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

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SC orders Comelec to comment on shading threshold issue in VP poll recount

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, July 13th, 2018

(L-R) Former Sen. Bongbong Marcos; Vice President Leni Robredo

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court (SC) directed the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Friday (July 13) to submit its position on the issue of shading threshold in the ongoing pilot recount in the vice presidential race.

The order came after the Office of the Solicitor General supported the position of former Senator Bongbong Marcos which emphasized that recount should use the 50 percent shading threshold.

The Comelec earlier issued a resolution to use the 25 percent shading threshold as the basis for the recount, something that the Solicitor General, who is the poll body’s lawyer, opposed. – UNTV News and Rescue

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Duterte appoints Antonio Kho as Comelec Commissioner

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, July 13th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte appointed Justice Undersecretary Antonio Kho as a new commissioner of the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

This was confirmed by Special Assistant to the President Secretary Christopher “Bong” Go on Friday (July 13)

Kho, who is a bar topnotcher from San Beda College of Law and President Duterte’s fraternity brother, now completes the seven-man commission. – UNTV News and Rescue

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