Proclamation of senators and partylist expected early this week—Comelec

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 19, 2019   •   1866

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) expects to carry out the proclamation of senators and partylists early this week.

Comelec Director Frances Arabe said during a press briefing on Saturday (May 19) that they are not ready to proclaim the election winners.

“On the matter of proclamation for the senators and partylists, we will announce the date and the time and that we are hoping that it will be early this week,” she said.

Arabe added that the mishaps during the transmission of votes, including the broken SD cards, delayed the canvassing by a week.

“They should have transmitted it at the close of voting, May 13 at 6 p.m. Philippine time. That should have been the date when they have transmitted all of these votes,” she said.

Out of 167 certificates of canvass (COCs), Comelec already canvassed 161 COCs which is 96.31% of the total COCs.

The remaining six certificates of canvass to be processed will come from Isabela province, Zamboanga del Sur, United States, Japan, Nigeria, and Saudi Arabia.

Comelec 1st division cancels Cardema’s nomination as Duterte Youth party rep

Robie de Guzman   •   August 5, 2019

Ronald Cardema

MANILA, Philippines – The first division of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday ordered the cancellation of the nomination of former National Youth Commission (NYC) Ronald Cardema as a representative of the Duterte Youth Party-list in the 18th Congress.

Comelec spokesperson, director James Jimenez announced the decision on his Twitter account.

“The nomination of Respondent, Ronald Gian Carlo L. Cardema, as the first nominee of Duterte Youth party-list is hereby cancelled,” read the dispositive portion of the poll body’s first division resolution obtained by UNTV News and Rescue.

Two of the three-member division, Commissioners Rowena Guanzon and Marlon Caquejo, voted in favor of the petition while Commissioner Al Parreño was on official business.

In a 25-page resolution, the Comelec 1st division said that Cardema committed material misrepresentation on his age when he filed his nomination bid.

The division said Cardema was not eligible to be nominated as Duterte Youth party representative contrary to the declaration he made in his Certificate of Acceptance of Nomination.

He was also aware that he is already 34 years old, and thus “committed a falsity when he misrepresented that he eligible for nomination” despite not possessing the age qualification provided by law for representatives of the youth sector.

Section 9 of Republic Act 7941 or the Partylist Law provides that a nominee of a youth party-list group must be between 25 to 30 years old.

“In view thereof, this Commission finds respondent to have committed material misrepresentation on his qualifications,” the resolution read.

During hearings, the camp of Cardema claimed that Duterte Youth is a multi-sectoral party representing not only the youth sector but also the young professionals and this, he is eligible to be nominated despite his already being 34 years old.

But taking the petition as a whole, the division said, it can be observed that the party intended to limit its representation of professionals only insofar as “young professionals” are concerned. The division noted that Cardema himself admitted to this effect in the pleadings he filed.

“While it may be true that Duterte Youth Party-list represents both the young and young professionals, it is important to consider that the professionals being represented by the party are the “young ones,” who would necessarily belong to the youth sector,” the resolution stated.

“With this in mind, this Commission finds no reason why the age qualification provided by law for nominees of the youth sector should not be applied to the respondent,” the resolution added.

Election Lawyer Emil Marañon, counsel for petitioners against Cardema’s nomination, welcomed the Comelec division’s decision.

“We are happy to announce that with the vote of 2-0, the Comelec First Division has granted our Petition seeking the cancellation of the nomination of Gian Carlo Cardema as the First Nominee of the Duterte Youth Party-List,” Marañon said on a Twitter post.

“Hopefully, this decision will be the first step towards the reform of the party-list system, that is to bring it back to the truly marginalized and underrepresented sectors,” he said in a separate statement.

Voter registration pushes through despite proposal to postpone Brgy & SK Polls

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 2, 2019

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has pushed through with the voters registration despite the proposed postponement of the Barangay and SK elections next year.

According to Comelec Spokesman Dir. James Jimenez, it is better to be prepared in case Congress decides not to postpone the Barangay and SK polls.

Jimenez also said voters can still register even on Saturdays and holidays. The voter registration will run until September 30.

“The commission will open the registration process on Saturdays and even holidays to allow more applicants to be accommodated, especially students and working people who may not have time during weekdays,” Jimenez said.

An estimated two million voters will file their registration in the country.—AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

Comelec to hold special polls for S. Leyte, S. Cotabato reps

Marje Pelayo   •   July 25, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has set the dates for the special polls for representatives of the first and second districts of Southern Leyte and the first and third districts of South Cotabato.

Pursuant to Resolution No. 10551, the Comelec will hold the first regular elections on October 26, 2019.

In line with this, the poll body is requiring political parties or coalitions to submit a new list of authorized signatories before the Comelec Law Department not later than August 15, 2019.

For candidate’s name to be included in the official ballot, filing the request for correction will be until September 11, 2019.

Meanwhile, the substitution of candidates may be accomplished until September 18, 2019.

The holding of elections for district representatives of these provinces was suspended to a date later than May 13 due to operational and logistical constraints, according to Comelec.

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