PPCRV opposes another postponement of barangay, SK polls

admin   •   February 21, 2018   •   32739

Election watchdog Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) opposes SK poll postponement.


MANILA, Philippines — The election watchdog Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) is against another postponement of the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections.

According to former Commission on Elections (Comelec) commissioner and now PPCRV chairperson Rene Sarmiento, another postponement of the SK and village polls is no longer reasonable and will only deny the people their rights to choose their leaders.

The barangay and SK election are set on the 14th of May of this year. — UNTV News & Rescue

DOH asks Comelec to find alternative ways for COVID-19 patients to vote

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 17, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday urged the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to find alternative ways on how COVID-19 patients can cast their vote in the 2022 national elections.

DOH Usec. Maria Rosario Vergeire reiterated that they will not allow COVID-19 patients to leave isolation to vote in the upcoming elections. She said this might lead to increasing the risk of virus transmission to other voters.

“Kailangan din isaisip dapat may alternative tayo for those who are COVID-19 positive para po sa botohan na ito. Alam po natin na ang isang positibong tao kapag lumabas po ng isang kwarto o ng isang lugar ay maaaring makahawa ng ibang tao, (We also need to look into alternative ways for the COVID-19 positive voters in this election. We do know that positive patients, once they leave their room or an area, can infect others)” she said.

The DOH official suggested going digital or online for COVID-19 patients.

“Sana po Comelec will have an alternative way of having these elections for those COVID-19 positive patients baka pwede naman pong virtual na lang, digital through SMS kung makakagawa po tayo ng ganitong proseso dahil talag ang ang Department of  Health po ay hindi po natin inirerekomenda na ang mga COVID-19 positive patients ay lalabas po ng kanilang isolation area to do this kind of activity, (I hope Comelec will have an alternative way of having these elections for  COVID-19 positive patients. Maybe it can be done virtually, digital through SMS if such a process can be done because the DOH will not recommend for COVID-19 patients to leave the isolation area to do this kind of activity),” Vergeire said.

Meanwhile Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez previously said that it would be a challenge to find alternative methods for COVID-19 patients to vote, however, he said the Comelec en Banc will discuss the process on how it can be done.

There are currently no guidelines allowing patients to vote in polling centers. AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)


Comelec encourages 6.5M deactivated voters to reactivate before registration deadline

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 16, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is encouraging deactivated voters to reactivate their status before the registration deadline on September 30.

The recent data of Comelec showed that 61 million registered for the upcoming national elections in 2022.

However, there are still 6.1 million deactivated voters. These voters  failed to vote in the past 2 consecutive elections.

Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon said they can reactivate by sending an email to Comelec through their website.

Para mag-reactivate hindi na kailangan pumunta ng Comelec office mag-email po kayo sa inyong Comelec officer (To reactivate, you don’t need to go to a Comelec office, just email your Comelec officer)” she said.

To know the complete list of email address and contacts of Comelec regional officers,  interested deactivated voters can go to comelec.gov.ph.

Meanwhile, Guanzon said  Comelec has yet to decide on the resolution filed by the Senate regarding the extension of voter registration.

The filing of candidacy for the 2022 polls is scheduled from October 1 to 8. The venue for the filing of candidacy  has been moved from the Comelec central office to Sofitel Hotel tent in Pasay City. AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

Senate asks Comelec to extend voter registration until October 31

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Senate has asked the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to extend the voter registration period until October 31.

On Tuesday evening (September 14) during the hybrid plenary session, the Senate adopted Resolution No. 851 urging the Comelec to extend the deadline for voter registration from September 30, 2021 to October 31, 2021 “to prevent voter disenfranchisement brought about by the COVID-19.”

In a privilege speech, Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, who is also sponsor of the resolution, said the September 14 deadline was set before the pandemic.

“It is a pre-pandemic deadline. Nobody could have anticipated how this public health emergency would severely impact our daily lives, let alone voter registration,” he said.

Pangilinan presented video footage of Filipinos lining up in long queues when voter registration resumed in Metro Manila last September 6 after the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) was lifted in the National Capital Region+ and other cities which were placed under ECQ.

He also noted that registrations were cut-off earlier than the published hours.  The  senator cited the case of a youth volunteer who arrived at the Comelec office at 3:00 p.m. but was told that the cut-off was 2:30 p.m. even though the registration was supposed to be until 5:00 p.m. He was also told that only 300 registrants were accommodated.

Pangilinan also mentioned that unavailable slots and lack of time and money to go to the Comelec offices  are  often the reasons why some people could not register.

“While it is important for Comelec to be given enough time to prepare a final list of voters that is a prerequisite for the preparation and completion of its Project of Precincts or POP, we believe that a one-month extension will not delay Comelec’s preparation,” he stressed.

The senator also pointed out that in previous elections since 2001, voter registration deadlines were set on or beyond October 31. He said that voter registration can still be extended 120 days before a regular election and the Senate is only asking for registration to be extended until October.

“Based on this alone, Comelec has the prerogative to set the deadline of voter registration before January 9, 2022. But we are not asking that, we are only asking for a one-month extension. Only one month,” he said.

Other senators, Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel “Migz” F. Zubiri, Senators Risa Hontiveros and Imee Marcos supported Pangilinan’s call to extend the deadline for voter registration. AAC




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