Poll body stays despite shift to federal form of government

UNTV News   •   July 28, 2017   •   5722

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“The Comelec cannot be abolished because there is a need for an agency that would supervise the election. The question would be if the Comelec will continue to be a national organization or will it be a state organization.”

This was the explanation of Comelec chairman Andres Bautista when asked about what will happen to the poll body if the proposed shift of government from democracy to federalism pushes through.

In the proposal of former Senate President Aquilino Pimentel Jr., there will be 11 federal states when the country shifts to federalism – 4 states in Luzon, another four in Visayas, and 3 in Mindanao.

Comelec Chair Andres Bautista said it will still depend on what kind of federalism the country will adapt.

Bautista said one example of federalism is United States where each state has its own election agency.

“That might possibly happen. There might be a Comelec for Luzon, for Visayas, and Mindanao. That would depend on those who would write the federalism law,” Chairman Andres Bautista said.

Comelec said it is ready to discuss its stance on the matter should congress summon the poll body regarding the proposal.

Comelec also recommends a nationwide discussion among lawmakers to help the public understand the effects of federalism in the country.

“What’s important for me is for the public to be taught and given with proper information regarding the plan to shift to a new form of government,” said Bautista.

Bautista said implementing federalism in the country will not be effective at present especially since the country is being run by a democratic government.

Shifting to a federal form of government will mean each state will be given autonomy to create their own laws like on taxation, and infrastructure.

The National Government, meanwhile, will be in charge of matters pertaining to internal and external defense, as well as foreign affairs. – Aiko Miguel | UNTV News and Rescue

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.

PNP chief orders cops to ensure orderly voter’s registration as deadline nears

Robie de Guzman   •   September 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar on Friday directed police personnel to ensure the implementation of peace and order, and public health protocols in various sites as the deadline for the voter’s registration nears.

Eleazar issued the directive following reports of crowding and long lines in registration sites with only one week left before the registration closes.

He said police commanders should deploy enough number of personnel in various COMELEC registration sites to ensure the peaceful conduct of registration amid the threat of COVID-19.

Local police offices and units should also coordinate with local government units for the assistance they could provide once deployed in various registration sites.

The voter’s registration for the 2022 national and local elections is set to end on Sept. 30.

There have been calls and bills filed before the Congress to extend it until October, but the Comelec has yet to decide on the matter.

COMELEC to suspend issuance of voter’s certification from Sept. 27-30

Robie de Guzman   •   September 23, 2021

The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) on Thursday announced it will suspend the issuance of voter’s certification in all Offices of the Election Officer (OEO) from Sept. 27 to 30 to devote the last week of voter registration solely for registration purposes.

“The commission anticipates an influx of last-minute registrants as we get closer to the deadline. And given the limited number of field personnel, we must endeavor to make the full use of our limited manpower and resources in catering to applicants for voter registration,” COMELEC spokesperson James Jimenez said in a statement.

The poll body said the suspension covers all OEOs, even those housed in barangay and mall registration sites where the COMELEC field personnel have temporarily set up their satellite offices.

Meanwhile, the COMELEC said that the issuance of voter’s certification in the main office in Intramuros, Manila will not be affected.

Registered voters from any locality in the Philippines may secure a voter’s certification at the COMELEC’s National Central File Division satellite office in Intramuros.

To apply for a voter’s certification, the applicant must present one valid ID and submit a photocopy of the same ID, and pay for the P75 fee.

The voter’s certification, however, is free of charge for senior citizens, persons with disability, members of Indigenous Peoples and Indigenous Cultural Communities, and solo parents.

“Applicants who are unable to apply for the certification personally may do so through an authorized representative, who must bear an authorization letter for that purpose. The representative must also present a valid ID and a photocopy of the same ID,” the poll body said.

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