Partial results from the Commission on Elections’ (Comelec) random manual audit (RMA), intended to test the capacity of vote-counting machines (VCM) to read ballot shades in the May 13 polls, showed a 99-percent accuracy rate, a Comelec official stated last Thursday. Yet the RMA also exposed election problems that merit investigation, such as excess or missing ballots, torn ballots, and ballots delivered to the wrong precinct. Commissioner Luie Guia stated
MANILA- The National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections on Friday advised the Commission on Elections (Comelec) not to use Smartmatic in the next elections subsequent to President Duterte’s recommendation. President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday requested Comelec to “dispose of Smartmatic” and “look for a new one that is free of fraud.” Namfrel said in a statement that the country’s elections need no involvement of such foreign company, such as Smartmatic.
When he was officially declared by Commissioner Marlon Casquejo, last Wednesday’s proclamation of winning Senate candidates got an additional showbiz feel when actor and former senator Lito Lapid was referred to as “Pinuno”. His portrayal in ABS-CBN’s primetime television action drama series “Ang Probinsyano”, it was noted as such that Lapid was referred to with the moniker of a rebel leader. Lapid left the popular television series in order to
Contrary to some media reports said earlier, a Commission on Elections official stated last Thursday that former youth commissioner Ronald Cardema’s plea to be an auxiliary nominee of the Duterte Youth party-list is “not yet decided,”. Sheriff Abas, Comelec Commissioner was cited saying that Cardema chanced the deadline of filing his petition to replace his wife as first nominee of the party-list. Abas, nevertheless, “signed a Resolution giving due course
COMELEC to hold the declaration of winning senators and party-list groups on Wednesday, May 22. Comelec stated early Wednesday that Senatorial bet’s proclamation is at 10 a.m., while the proclamation of party-list groups will be at 7 p.m. at the Philippine International Convention Center. The Comelec initially scheduled the proclamation on Tuesday, but had to reschedule for a second time as the poll body was still canvassing election returns from
The Philippine Catholic Church’s social justice arm called out on the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to append the proclamation of winning senators as accusations of fraud loom over the mid-term elections. Caritas executive secretary Father Edwin Gariguez stated, “We are calling to suspend the proclamation of winning senatorial candidates until the allegation of fraud is resolved.” After Caritas acknowledged reports on suspected fraud because of glitches that involved more than
According to the first batch of partial and official results from the Commission on Elections (Comelec), candidate Senator Bam Aquino broke into the monikered Magic 12, even as his fellow senate bets Cynthia Villar and Grace Poe persisted the top contenders in the senatorial race, In the interim, JV Ejercito straggled at the 13th spot, edging out former Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., who slid below to the 14th spot.
Aklan Cicero Cawaling, sacked over gross negligence as mayor, won after he was proclaimed the winner of the local elections for the mayoralty post, according to broadcasts aired on local TV. The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) in April after the Ombudsman found him guilty of gross neglect of duty and other offenses brought Cawaling a dismissal order by the in connection with Boracay’s environmental problems. The
Commission on Elections (Comelec) uttered assurance over elections would be held in all 85,769 clustered precincts all over the country. Despite Comelec admitted there would be delays in areas in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), among others. Comelec spokesman James Jimenez on Monday in a press briefing stated, “At the moment we are not projecting any place where there will not be any election.” Jimenez revealed that
Commission on Elections official cited ten vote-buying cases have been disclosed by their legal department a mere few days before the May 13 midterm elections. Head of the poll body’s anti-vote-buying task force, Comelec director John Rex Laudiangco, stated on Friday that they are synchronizing with the National Prosecution Service of the Department of Justice to determine the number of complaints filed at prosecutors’ offices. Presidential Anti-Corruption Commissioner Greco Belgica,