Surigao del Sur Rep. Johnny Pimentel intends to move back to October 2021 for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections planned for May 2020. Pimentel submitted House Bill 905 requesting the postponement of the said elections from 11 May 2020 to 11 October 2021. The lawmaker said this is to offer more time to prepare for the Commission on Elections (Comelec). He stated that they want to offer the Comelec
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) proclaimed Monday, May 20, that the planned one-day proclamation may not be able to take place because the votes are yet to arrive from the United States (US) and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). Comelec-Education and Information Department Assistant Director Frances Arabe stated the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC) will not be able to declare both the winning senators and party-lists Tuesday, May 21. “For
Commission on Elections spokesperson James Jimenez said Monday that the arrest of Quezon City mayoral candidate Bingbong Crisologo would “not affect” his candidacy “in the short term,” even after a day the lawmaker was detained for supposed obstruction of justice “He was arrested for obstruction of justice and obstruction of justice is not an election offense,” Jimenez stated. “That will not affect his candidacy in the short term,” he added.
Polling centers all over the country are now start for more than 61 million voters as the country’s midterm elections—seen to bolster President Rodrigo Duterte’s grip on power— begin. Polling precincts officially opened at 6 a.m. Monday. Voting hours time will be until 6 p.m. on the same day. “We expect that 99.97% of the places nationwide should be able to open on time,” Commission on Elections spokesperson James Jimenez
National Citizen’s Movement for Free Elections seeks support of other groups in carrying out their poll duties after refusing accreditation from the Commission on Elections. Namfrel chair Gus Lagman noted the group vetoed on Comelec accreditation after the poll body rebuffed its request to gain access to key election data. Namfrel had also requested to monitor the conduct of elections and observe the random manual audit. “They didn’t explain why