PRESS RELEASE
Ref: James Arthur B. Jimenez
Director IV, Education and Information Department
Commission on Elections
Tel. No. (+632) 525-9294
Date: November 4, 2013

Candidates reminded to file statement of poll contributions and expenditures

comeleclogo_largeThe Commission on Elections (COMELEC) reminded candidates in the recently concluded Barangay Elections of their obligation to file their statements of contribution and expenditures (SOCE) in connection with the elections.

According to COMELEC Spokesman James Jimenez, all candidates should file their SOCEon or before 27 November 2013 before the Office of the Election Officer where they filed their Certificates of Candidacy.

Non-compliant winning candidates cannot assume office until they file their SOCE as per Section 14 of Republic Act 7166, he emphasized.

As to the form and contents of the SOCE, Jimenez referred to Sec. 3 Rule 8 of COMELEC Resolution No. 9476, which states:

Form and contents of statements. – The statement required in next preceding section shall be in writing, subscribed and sworn to by the candidate or by the treasurer of the party. It shall set forth in detail the following:
a. The amount of contribution, the date of receipt, and the full name, profession, business, taxpayer identification number (TIN) and exact home and business address of the person or entity from whom the contribution was received;
b. The amount of every expenditure, the date thereof, the full name and exact address of the person or entity to whom payment was made, and the purpose of the expenditure;
A Summary Report of Lawful Expenditure categorized according to the list specified above shall be submitted by the candidate or party treasurer within thirty (30) days after the day of the election…
c. Any unpaid obligation, its nature and amount, the full name and the exact home and business address of the person or entity to whom said obligation is owing; and
d. If the candidate or treasurer of the party has received no contribution, made no expenditure, or has no pending obligation, the statement shall reflect such fact.
e. And such other information that the Commission may require.

The Campaign Finance Unit (CFU) of the COMELEC shall strictly monitor the compliance of the candidates. ###

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PRESS RELEASE
Ref: James Arthur B. Jimenez
Director IV, Education and Information Department
Commission on Elections
Tel. No. (+632) 525-9294
Date: October 25, 2013

Liquor Ban on October 27 and 28

comeleclogo_largeThe Commission on Elections (COMELEC) today reminded the public that a liquor ban will be imposed on October 27 and 28, 2013, in connection with the October 28, 2013 Barangay Elections.

The ban covers the selling, offering, buying, serving and taking of intoxicating liquor, said COMELEC Spokesman James Jimenez.

“Starting 12:01 of October 27 until midnight of October 28, an election liquor ban will be implemented nationwide except in the Province of Bohol and in Zamboanga City,” Jimenez said.

He explained that that Bohol and Zamboanga City is not covered by the ban as the Barangay polls there were postponed to November 25, 2013. ###

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PRESS RELEASE
Ref: James Arthur B. Jimenez
Director IV, Education and Information Department
Commission on Elections
Tel. No. (+632) 525-9294
Date: October 24, 2013

November 25 is Barangay Elections in Bohol
Fresh Election Calendar of Activities set

comeleclogo_largeThe Commission on Elections En Banc has resolved to set the Barangay Elections in the quake-hit Province of Bohol to November 25, 2013.

In COMELEC Resolution No. 9804, promulgated October 24, 2013, the poll body noted that while it is “ready to conduct the Barangay Elections as scheduled, the effect of the earthquake that hit Bohol is of such nature that the holding of a free and orderly Barangay Elections has become impossible, and that a month-long postponement of the polls in Bohol would be most appropriate and practical…”

Among the reasons the COMELEC considered in its decision to postpone the polls was to give the local government units (LGUs) concerned enough time to thoroughly inspect the structural integrity of the school buildings in the Province, the effect and/or prejudice in the ongoing relief and rehabilitation efforts, the geological condition in Bohol and the need to afford the people in Bohol ample time to rebuild their homes and normalize their lives.

But while the COMELEC concedes the “overriding importance of the ongoing relief and rehabilitation,” the poll body takes cognizance of the reports that some candidates are taking advantage of the ongoing relief operations to pursue their candidacies. “Therefore, a clear policy should be adopted to secure that such operations remains non-partisan and fair,” it said.

Candidates, Barangay Officials keep out of Bohol relief ops

The COMELEC ruled that all releases in relation to the relief and rehabilitation efforts shall be turned-over to, administered and disbursed by the Philippine National Red Cross through the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) including the respective Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (LDRRMC).

No relief or other goods for distribution shall be released to any candidate for the Barangay Elections, any incumbent Barangay Officials including their family members, the COMELEC added.

Any such participation shall be treated as an election offense of vote buying.

COMELEC Officials and employees in Bohol are mandated to monitor compliance to the COMELEC Resolution. The Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) is likewise called upon to assist the COMELEC in the monitoring.

The new Election Period in the Province of Bohol is set from October 26, 2013 to December 10, 2013. The COMELEC also added two more days in the Period of Filing of Certificates of Candidacy (COC) in the Province, on October 28 and 29, 2013.

All filers who filed their COCs on October 11, 12, 14, 15, 16 and 17, 2013 shall be considered as “candidates” as defined by the Omnibus Election Code for the purpose of applying the prohibitions defined therein. ###

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PRESS RELEASE
Ref: James Arthur B. Jimenez
Director IV, Education and Information Department
Commission on Elections
Tel. No. (+632) 525-9294
Date: October 18, 2013

On the issue of possible postponement of Barangay polls:
COMELEC Chief to fly to Bohol

chairmanThe Commission on Elections (COMELEC) announced today that COMELEC Chairman Sixto S. Brillantes Jr. will go to Bohol over the weekend to personally check on the situation in the quake-hit Island of Bohol.

COMELEC Spokesman James Jimenez said Chairman Brillantes will look into the condition not only of school buildings and warehouse facilities that shall house election paraphernalia in Bohol, but also the situation of voters in the Province that was affected by the recent quake.

According to Jimenez, the COMELEC En Banc has received a report from the COMELEC Office in Region 7 saying that 536 school buildings in Bohol’s 22 Municipalities were either damaged or totally damaged. It was also reported, added Jimenez, that several school buildings are now being used as temporary evacuation centers.

Jimenez said Chairman Brillantes will be back on Manila on Monday, October 21, 2013, to report and make a recommendation to the COMELEC En Banc on the issue of possible postponement of the Barangay Elections slated for October 28, 2013. ###

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PRESS RELEASE
Ref: James Arthur B. Jimenez
Director IV, Education and Information Department
Commission on Elections
Tel. No. (+632) 525-9294
Date: September 18, 2013

Voters to say ‘Yes’ or ‘No’
COMELEC to conduct plebiscite for the creation of Davao Occidental

comeleclogo_largeThe Commission on Elections is set to hold a plebiscite for the creation of the new Province of Davao Occidental, simultaneous with the October 28, 2013 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections.

On July 23, 2013, Congress enacted Republic Act 10360 or an “Act Creating the Province of Davao Occidental.” Carved out from the present Davao del Sur, the new province consists of the Municipalities of Sta. Maria, Malita, Don Marcelino, Jose Abad Santos and Sarangani.

In RA 10360, the COMELEC was mandated to supervise the conduct of a plebiscite for the approval of the creation of Davao Occidental by the majority of the votes cast by voters in the affected areas, within sixty (60) days after the Act becomes effective.

However, the COMELEC on November 27, 2012, suspended the conduct of all plebiscite as a matter of policy in view of the preparations for the May 13, 2013 National and Local Elections. The policy of deferment was later extended by the COMELEC on July 9, 2013.

The poll body in a meeting held on July 31, 2013, then decided to hold the plebiscite for the creation of Davao Occidental simultaneous with the October 28, 2013 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections.

According to the COMELEC, five (5) out of the eight (8) municipalities in the 2nd Legislative District of Davao del Sur shall compose the new Province of Davao Occidental, once approved in a plebiscite.

The registered voters of Davao del Sur, excluding Davao City, shall participate in the said plebiscite. As of the May 13, 2013 National and Local Elections, Davao del Sur, excluding Davao City, has 523,862 total number of registered voters, the poll body furthered.

Voters in Davao del Sur shall use a different ballot in the October 28, 2013 Barangay and SK Elections as it would also include voting for the plebiscite. The COMELEC shall be printing special ballots for the purpose. ###

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PRESS RELEASE
Ref: James Arthur B. Jimenez
Director IV, Education and Information Department
Commission on Elections
Tel. No. (+632) 525-9294
Date: September 6, 2013

COMELEC starts printing official ballots for the Barangay polls

The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) announced today that the printing of official ballots for the October 28, 2013 Barangay Elections are underway.

Commissioners Maria Gracia Cielo M. Padaca and Luie Tito F. Guia told reporters this morning that the printing of the ballots started Wednesday September 4, 2013 at the National Printing Office (NPO).

Comm. Guia said printers at the NPO churns out a daily average of 1.7M to 2M ballots per day. He said the poll body targets to deploy the printed ballots by October 17-18, 2013.

COMING SOON: Instructional Video for Boards of Election Tellers (BETs)

Comm. Padaca, meanwhile, announced that the poll body’s Education and Information Department (EID) is currently producing an instructional video to aid public school teachers who shall serve as Boards of Election Tellers in the October 28, 2013 Barangay Elections.

The said video shall contain voting and counting procedures as well as inputs on how to manage the polling place come Election Day, she said.

The COMELEC, Padaca added, plans to release the video in time for the series of trainings to be conducted by the poll body starting 2nd week of October. ###

Photo from the Office of Commissioner Maria Gracia Cielo M. Padaca

Photo from the Office of Commissioner Maria Gracia Cielo M. Padaca

 

 

 

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PRESS RELEASE
Ref: James Arthur B. Jimenez
Director IV, Education and Information Department
Commission on Elections
Tel. No. (+632) 525-9294
Date: July 26, 2013

COMELEC prioritizes first time voters at registration centers

voter-registration-2The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) today promulgated Resolution No. 9750, providing supplemental guidelines on the reception of applications for registration in connection with the October 28, 2013 Barangay Elections.

In the Resolution, the COMELEC ruled to allow registrants who are 18 years old on or before the October 28, 2013 Barangay Elections to queue in the EXPRESS LANE for Elderly, Persons with Disabilities (PWD) and Heavily Pregnant Applicants.

“It is essential to provide an opportunity for first-time voters – who are 18 years old on or before the October 28, 2013 Barangay Elections – to be able to register as voters and to participate in the said elections,” the COMELEC said in the Resolution.

The COMELEC observed, however, that the huge influx of registrants at the Offices of the Election Officers are not first time voters, but registered voters who desire to apply for the transfer of their registrations to other Barangays, municipalities or cities.

The poll body also noted that some applicants secure PNP Clearances solely for the purpose of having a valid document as proof of their identity to have their applications for registration/transfer accepted.

Thus, in order to “maximize the participation of first time voters, in accordance with the primary purpose of the system of the continuing registration of voters, and in order that only applications for registration of those identities have been truly established are accepted,” the COMELEC also ruled to exclude PNP Clearance from the list of valid documents as proof of identity.

Voters’ registration nationwide has started January 22, 2013 and will run until July 31, 2013. COMELEC Offices nationwide will be open July 27 (Saturday) and July 28 (Sunday) to accommodate registrants. ###

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PRESS RELEASE
Ref: James Arthur B. Jimenez
Director IV, Education and Information Department
Commission on Elections
Tel. No. (+632) 525-9294
Date: July 11, 2013

COMELEC halts voters’ validation

comeleclogo_largeThe Commission on Elections, in a Resolution, ordered the suspension of the conduct of the validation of registration records.

In COMELEC Resolution No. 9741 promulgated July 10, 2013, the poll body said “in order to maximize the workforce of the Offices of the Election Officers nationwide in the conduct of the registration of voters and listing of Katipunan ng Kabataan as well as for other preparatory activities for the October 28, 2013 Synchronized Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections, there is a need to suspend the conduct of validation.”

The COMELEC ordered the suspension effective July 12, 2013, “until further ordered to resume by the Commission En Banc.”

Voters’ validation involves the capture and submission of biometrics data (digital photo, fingerprints and signature) of voters without or with incomplete biometrics in the registration record.

The COMELEC earlier scheduled the start of voters’ validation on July 1, 2013 pursuant to Republic Act No. 10367 or the “Act Providing for Mandatory Biometrics Voter Registration.”

The suspension of voters’ validation, notwithstanding, the COMELEC stressed that the conduct of voters’ registration on July 22 to 31, 2013 is still a go. ###

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PRESS RELEASE
Ref: James Arthur B. Jimenez
Director IV, Education and Information Department
Commission on Elections
Tel. No. (+632) 525-9294
Date: July 9, 2013

“Bakit ako magpaparehistro?”
COMELEC launches video making contest

video_making_contestIn a bid to encourage broader participation in the October 28, 2013 Barangay Elections, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) thru its Education and Information Department has launched a video making contest to promote voter registration.

“Ang karapatang bumoto ay isa sa mga pinakamahalagang karapatan ng mamamayan ng isang malaya at demokratikong lipunan,” said the COMELEC in a flyer they released today.

“Sa darating na Hulyo 22 hanggang 31, 2013, magkakaroon uli ng pagkakataon ang mga Pilipinong siguraduhing sila’y makakaboto sa mga darating na halalan. Bilang bahagi ng voter education campaign ng Commission on Elections, inilunsad itong VIDEO MAKING CONTEST. Hinihikayat ng Komisyon ang lahat na gumawa ng kanilang sariling maikling video na nagsasabi kung “BAKIT AKO MAGPAPAREHISTRO.”

COMELEC Education and Information Director James Jimenez said Filipino citizens who are 18 years or older may join the contest. Entrants aged 18 below should have a written parental consent to be able to join.

Contestants must create a short video on how important it is for them to register as voters, Jimenez said. Video entries should not be longer than 3 minutes.

Entries should be uploaded on Youtube with the title “BAKIT AKO MAGPAPAREHISTRO” and tagged on the Poll Body’s Facebook Page on the 2013 Barangay Elections, https://www.facebook.com/BarangayElections2013 .

Cash prizes will be given away for the contest winners, said Jimenez.

Interested parties should visit the COMELEC-EID blog http://mycomelec.tv/main/ and https://www.facebook.com/BarangayElections2013 for more information. ###

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video_making_contest

BAKIT AKO MAGPAPAREHISTRO

Ang karapatang bumoto ay isa sa mga pinakamahalagang karapatan ng mamamayan ng isang malaya at demokratikong lipunan. Sa darating na Hulyo 22 hanggang 31, 2013, magkakaroon uli ng pagkakataon ang mga Pilipinong siguraduhing sila’y makakaboto sa mga darating na halalan.

Bilang bahagi ng voter education campaign ng Commission on Elections, inilunsad itong VIDEO MAKING CONTEST. Hinihikayat ng Komisyon ang lahat na gumawa ng kanilang sariling maikling video na nagsasabi kung “BAKIT AKO MAGPAPAREHISTRO.”

Mechanics: 

  • You must be a Filipino citizen to enter.
  • Entrants and those featured in the video must be 18 years old or older or have written parental consent to participate in the video and/or contest. Parents or guardians who allow their child under 18 to be featured in a video submission must agree to the entire contest rules and video guidelines; parental consent forms may be sent to comelectv(at)gmail.com. If videos are submitted without parental consent, it is assumed that each person in the video is over 18 years of age.
  • Entries must be submitted by July 19, 2013.
  • Please avoid using personal indentifying and biographical information in the videos, including but not limited to middle and last names, cities, states and zip codes. Using an individual’s information in the videos in spoken, audio or video title form may result in your video submission being rejected.
  • Children, including those by marriage or adoption, related family, employees or contractors of the Commission on Elections, are considered ineligible to participate.
  • Contestants chosen as finalists will be reached via phone and/or e-mail.
  • There is only one video submission allowed per entrant.
  • Submitted videos may be no longer than 3 minutes in duration.
  • All music used in videos must not violate any music or lyric copyrights.
  • Employees, or contractors of the Commission on Elections are not allowed to assist in the development of your video.
  • The video cannot have been submitted previously in a promotion or contest.
  • The video must not contain material that is inappropriate, indecent, obscene, hateful, defamatory, slanderous or libelous. Such videos will be rejected for submission into this contest.
  • The video must not contain material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred, harm against any group or individual, or discrimination based on race, sex, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age.
  • The video must not contain material that is unlawful or in violation of or contrary to the laws or regulations of the Republic of the Philippines.
  • Submissions may be rejected for any reason, including (but not limited to) the submission guidelines mentioned above.
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