Sulu, nadagdag sa listahan ng areas of concern ngayong halalan

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MANILA, Philippines — Naidagdag na ng Commission on Elections ang probinsya ng Sulu sa 15 hot spot o areas of concern ngayong halalan.

Batay sa four-level system, ibinibilang sa areas of concern ang isang lugar kung ito ay may history ng karahasan sa mga nagdaang halalan.

Immediate concern naman kung kinakailangan nang magdagdag ng pwersa ng pulis at militar dahil sa naitatalang insidente.

Paiiralin sa isang lugar ang paghihigpit ng mga sundalo at pulis kung iniakyat na sa area of grave concern.

Isinasailalim naman sa COMELEC control ang isang lugar kung mananatili pa ring hindi kontrolado ang sitwasyon.

Sa ngayon, pinag-aaralan na ng COMELEC, AFP at PNP ang sitwasyon sa Lanao Del Norte at Bacoor, Cavite dahil sa mga naitalang kaso ng karahasan. (Pong Mercado & Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

‘Run Sara Run’ banners not considered electoral offense, Comelec says

Robie de Guzman   •   February 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Banners and other paraphernalia urging presidential daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte to run in the 2022 national elections are not considered an electoral offense, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said Friday.

Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez explained that it is not a violation of election laws because it is not election period, and Mayor Sara herself is not a candidate yet.

“Kahit nakapag-file na ng COC (certificate of candidacy) ang tao, kung hindi pa naman nagsisimula ang campaign period, hindi pa siya itinuturing na official candidate. At dahil hindi pa siya official candidate, kahit anong gawin niya, hindi pa siya pwedeng tratuhin bilang kandidato. Ibig sabihin, hindi pa siya pwedeng mag-commit ng election offense,” Jimenez said.

The poll body official said that the banners sprouting in different areas can only be considered as part of freedom of expression.

The campaign period for May 9, 2022 elections will start from February 8 to May 7, 2022.

Sara Duterte earlier thanked her supporters behind the campaign but she reiterated that she has no plans of joining the 2022 presidential polls.

She also urged her supporters to remove the tarpaulins they mounted without permits and to stop staging motorcades and other activities that may violate the health and safety protocols against COVID-19. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

Comelec launches walkathon event to promote voter registration

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is set to launch an event that aims to encourage Filipinos to register in the upcoming 2022 National Elections.

The activity entitled, ‘Walkah Walkah: #MagparehistroKa Voter Education Campaign will see Comelec officials and personnel ride and walk for voter registration on February 26.

During the event, motorcycle riders will take off from Palacio del Gobernador in Intramuros, Manila and will proceed to Mindanao Avenue corner Quirino Highway in Quezon City.

From there, Comelec officials including Spokesperson James Jimenez will lead the walkathon towards Gawad Kalinga Village in Quezon City. Other participants include barangay leaders and other election stakeholders.

Participants will hand out flyers to invite the public to register and inform them about the new protocols amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Comelec, meanwhile, assures health and safety protocols will be implemented. There will also be COVID-19 marshalls that will monitor and ensure these protocols are followed.-AAC

Voter registration on Saturdays starts Feb. 20

Marje Pelayo   •   February 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – In response to the requests of the public, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) will offer voter registration on Saturdays beginning February 20.

This was announced by Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon in a tweet.

In a separate post, Guanzon encourages those turning 18 before May 9, 2022 and those working on weekdays to register as the weekend schedule has been opened to their benefit.

The Comelec official reminds, however, that voter registration will only be from Tuesday to Saturday from 8:00 AM to 5:00AM since Monday is designated as disinfection day.

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