Comelec halts ballot printing for October polls

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) has temporarily halted the printing of ballots that will supposedly be used for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections this October. According to Comelec Chairman Juan More »

Thanks, Cebu: Leni

TWO days before she takes office, Vice President-elect Leni Robredo visited Cebu to swear in some allies and to thank Cebuanos who helped deliver her biggest political victory yet. In an interview More »

Political ‘foes’ gather for independent’s oathtaking

GUESTS at the oath-taking of incoming Third District Provincial Board Member Victoria Corominas were a mixture of members of different political parties and independent candidates who won in last May’s elections. “I’m More »

Cebu City mayor-elect takes oath of office

THOUSANDS of supporters trooped to the Cebu City Sports Complex, as Mayor-elect Tomas Osmeña and newly elected officials belonging to his political party, Bando Osmeña Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK), took their oath of More »

SC junks petition vs extension of Soce filing

MANILA — The Supreme Court (SC) dismissed Tuesday the petition seeking to nullify the resolution of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) that approved the extension on the deadline of the filing of More »

Mayor Osmeña to hold ‘cheapest inauguration’

ALTHOUGH his inauguration tomorrow is open to the public, Cebu City Mayor-elect Tomas Osmeña does not want government employees to attend his oath-taking rites. In a news conference last Friday, the mayor-elect More »

Court junks Estrada’s motion to attend daughter’s oath taking

THE Sandiganbayan on Monday junked the furlough request of detained outgoing Senator Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada for him to attend the upcoming oath taking of her daughter, San Juan City Vice Mayor-elect Janella More »

 

Comelec junks poll protest vs Makati mayor Binay

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) has junked the election protest filed against Makati City Mayor Abigail Binay by her closest rival in this year’s mayoralty race, Romulo “Kid” Peña Jr.
In a resolution, the Comelec First Division noted that petition was junked for failure to show specific allegations of acts of electoral fraud. (READ MORE)

Comelec ready to provide De Lima’s SOCE

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) is ready to provide documents, particularly the Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE), of Senator Leila de Lima if both Houses of Congress ask to furnish them copies of the election document.

Comelec Chairman Juan Andres Bautista noted that SOCE is a public document that can be requested by anyone. (READ MORE)

Continuing voters’ registration begins October 3

CONFIDENT that the law postponing the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections is in the bag, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has already scheduled the start of the resumption of the continuing voters’ registration early next month.

Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez said that the reopening of the voters’ registration for the 2017 village and youth polls will start on October 3 and will run until April 29, 2017. (READ MORE)

P200-M spent on ballot printing rendered useless

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) has spent some P200 million out of the P6 billion budget in the thwarted Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections, which was supposed to be held next month.

Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez reported that the said amount has been allocated in the initial printing of the official ballots, among others. (READ MORE)

Comelec asks Congress anew for law postponing October polls

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) is hoping that Congress will immediately pass a law postponing the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls, in order for them to have a legal basis for its rescheduling and not simply an “assumption.”

“We are now working on the assumption that the Barangay and SK elections will be postponed [but] we are hopeful that Congress will pass the law for postponement as soon as possible,” Comelec Chairman Juan Andres Bautista said. (READ MORE)

Comelec halts ballot printing for October polls

Board of Election Inspectors with the help of teachers unload ballots from vote counting machines (VCMs) for the manual counting of votes at the Department of Education 7 office. After every automated election, Comelec is required to conduct a manual audit of selected precincts to verify the accuracy of the VCMs. (Sun.Star Foto/Arni Aclao)

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) has temporarily halted the printing of ballots that will supposedly be used for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections this October.

According to Comelec Chairman Juan Andres Bautista, the head of the printing committee, this is the poll body’s move considering the “broad consensus” of the Congress and executive department in postponing the October 31 polls. (READ MORE)

Comelec supports bill seeking to include voters’ education in HS curriculum

CITING the importance of educating the youth voters on electoral exercise, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) expressed support on the bill that seeks to include voters’ education in the high school curriculum.

With this, the poll body is ready to work with the Department of Education (DepEd) and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) to formulate the Voters’ Education curriculum, based on a proposal in Congress. (READ MORE)

Comelec’s Twitter survey: 42% want polls this October

AN INFORMAL survey conducted by the Commission on Elections – Education and Information Department (Comelec–EID) indicated that 42 percent of the 81 respondents want the October 31 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections to push through.

According to Comelec–EID Director James Jimenez, majority of the individuals want the electoral exercise to be held this year. (READ MORE)

Comelec to face Senate over proposal to delay October polls

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) is ready to inform senators about the long preparation process to be able to hold elections.

Comelec Chairman Juan Andres Bautista said they would take advantage of the invitation by the Senate to explain the process of preparing for the forthcoming Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections in October. (READ MORE)

Comelec starts printing of ballots for October polls

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Sunday has ordered the printing of 85 million ballots to be used on October 31 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls.

With this, Comelec Chairman Juan Andres Bautista noted that the printing has commenced at the National Printing Office (NPO) in Quezon City despite uncertainties on whether or not the scheduled polls will push through. (READ MORE)