16th House likely to probe poll 2013 conduct, results

SENATOR Teofisto “TG” Guingona III said he is sure that the 16th Congress will investigate the conduct and results of the May 13, 2013 election to facilitate improvements for the 2016 presidential elections.

He said automated election are good and stopped cheating through the ballots. But the people must also not be left hanging on questions about some problems in the recently-concluded midterm polls, especially in areas where PCOS (Precinct Count Optical Scan) machines bogged down. Read the rest of this entry

Comelec to local canvassers: Submit Senate results today

Canvassers in the provinces and cities were required until Wednesday afternoon to submit the results of the senatorial race following the failure of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to meet its goal of naming the 12 winners on the same day.

This developed after poll protests hampered the sending of results from the municipal to the provincial level, which in turn, forward the data to the Comelec, sitting as the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC) for senatorial and partylist elections. Read the rest of this entry

Foreign observers: Polls orderly but marred with irregularities

Last Monday’s election was generally peaceful and orderly, a team of foreign observers said Wednesday, yet problems of vote buying, malfunctioned ballot-counting machines, and climate of fear in hotly-contested areas were still existent.

“Nevertheless, the problems we saw and documented unless properly addressed by concerned government agencies and stakeholders will undermine an electoral process reasonably credible by international standards,” said Compact for Peaceful and Democratic Elections (Compact) national coordinator Arnold Tarrobago. Read the rest of this entry

Anti-epal intensifies campaign thru Change Family political dynasty

AIMED at educating the public on the problems of Philippine politics, the Anti-Epal campaign created a fictional political dynasty led by Rep. Juana Change and the Epaliticians Party-list, hailing from the province of Nueva Change Occidental Sur. The Change Family believes in “political destiny, not dynasty.”

“Mula pa noong panahon ng himagsikan laban sa mga Kastila, hanggang sa paglaban sa mga Hapon, sa pagtutol sa Batas Militar at hanggang sa paglaban kay Little Lady, tatak CHANGE ang kilala. Ito ang legacy ng CHANGE. Gusto nyo ba ng reporma? Eh di CHANGE nalang tayo ulit!” Rep. Juana Change said. Read the rest of this entry

Poll chief admits party-list purging ‘hampered’ preps

NO less than the head of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has admitted that the ongoing purging of the party-list groups has proven to be a very taxing job for the poll body.

In an interview, Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes confessed that with their deliberation of almost 300 party-list groups, the commission en banc has been very much preoccupied that it has affected their preparations for the conduct of the May 2013 polls. Read the rest of this entry

Comelec brass sees better 2013 elections

TAGAYTAY CITY — Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Rene Sarmiento anticipates a better conduct of automated elections this second time around.

Speaking before select media from Luzon during the Philippine Center of Investigative Journalism initiated seminar on the election coverage, Sarmiento stressed moves by the Comelec are being made to ensure credible and peaceful elections on May 13, 2013. Read the rest of this entry

Next year’s polls prompt transfer of assignments

SEVERAL police chiefs in Cebu Province will soon be transferred before the 2013 midterm elections to prevent partisan behavior in their areas, especially if they have relatives running for office, a top police official said.

Senior Supt. Patrocinio Comendador, head of the Cebu Provincial Police Office, told reporters he wanted the reshuffling to be finalized next month. Read the rest of this entry

Oro mayor urges voting public to register

WITH only two days left, Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Vicente Emano is urging those who are qualified to vote to register as the City Government has allowed the use of the City Tourism Hall as registration venue to accommodate the huge influx of registrants until October 31.

Emano said he moved the registration venue to a much bigger area since the City Commission on Elections (Comelec) office along Burgos St. is so small. Read the rest of this entry

Campaign for youth’s voice in 2013 elections launched

YOUTH leaders in Davao City gathered to launch a campaign to register the youth’s voice in the coming elections.

“One of our objectives is to encourage our fellow youth, especially to the new voters, to register for the coming 2013 polls,” said Niel Brene Lopez, regional coordinator of Kabataan party-list in Southern Mindanao. Read the rest of this entry