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Voter registration to resume this month

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) will resume voter registration later this month, ahead of the 2022 Presidential and National polls.

Comelec purges almost 600,000 overseas voters

ELECTIONS officials have purged almost 600,000 overseas voters from the voters’ list for failing to vote in the country’s past two elections, according to separate memos issued this month.

Comelec adds 2.6m more voters

MORE than 2.6 million voters have been added to the list, the Commission on Elections said on Friday, two days before the registration deadline.

Comelec junks Eusebio’s case vs Sotto

THE COMMISSION on Elections (Comelec) 2nd Division announced on Monday it dismissed former Pasig mayor Robert “Bobby” C. Eusebio’s case against incumbent Mayor Victor Ma. Regis “Vico” N. Sotto, citing no valid grounds in the election protest.

Comelec: No fraud in Maguindanao town

THE COMMISSION on Elections in a statement on Monday denied poll fraud allegations by mayoral candidate Sam Zailon Esmael of Datu Salibo, Maguindanao, who posted on social media a photograph of a ballot box left in floodwaters.

Bong Go biggest spender in senatorial race

WITH 11 of the 12 senators who won in the 2019 midterm elections having submitted their reports on campaign expenses and contributions before the June 13 deadline, the top spender turned out to be former presidential special assistant Christopher Lawrence “Bong” T. Go who spent over P161 million on his campaign.

Comelec extends SOCE deadline

THE COMMISSION on Elections (Comelec) yesterday extended by several hours its deadline for the filing of campaign contributions and expenses by candidates in the May 13 midterm elections.

No Duterte Youth representative can sit until Cardema case resolved —...

THE COMMISSION on Elections (Comelec) started its hearings yesterday on former National Youth Commission chair Ronald Gian Carlo L. Cardema’s petition to be the Duterte Youth party-list’s first nominee.

Dropping Smartmatic needs legal basis, says Comelec spokesperson

COMMISSION ON Elections (Comelec) Spokesperson James B. Jimenez said there should be a legal basis before dropping its partnership with Smartmatic despite the reported glitches during the May 13 elections and the call of President Rodrigo R. Duterte.

Comelec to review bidding procedures following Duterte’s remarks against Smartmatic

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) will review its procedures in awarding contracts to election technology providers, following President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s remarks Thursday night against Smartmatic.

Election winners must submit campaign expense reports or they can’t assume...

AFTER the proclamation of all the winners in the 2019 National and Local Elections (NLE), the Commission on Elections (Comelec) is calling on all winning candidates and parties to submit their campaign expenses otherwise they will not be able to assume office.

Comelec vows to learn from midterm polls’ glitches, do better in...

THE COMMISSION on Elections (Comelec) said it will assess the glitches encountered in the May 13 midterm polls and use the lessons learned in preparing for the 2022 Presidential elections.

Comelec proclaims winners in senatorial race

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Wednesday proclaimed the top 12 in the 2019 senatorial race as the official winners in that contest.

Proclamation of senators, party-lists postponed as Comelec awaits votes from Washington

TUESDAY’S SUPPOSED proclamation of winners for senators and party-list groups was postponed by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) as canvassing of election returns (ER) was still ongoing.

Proclamation for winning Senate bets, party-list groups possible by Sunday

BOTH the 12 leading candidates in the senatorial race and the leading party-list groups may be proclaimed by Sunday, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said Friday.

Comelec calls for filing of complaint over alleged pre-shaded ballots shown...

MALACAÑANG ON Thursday said the Commission on Elections (Comelec) should conduct an investigation into the reported pre-shading of ballots in Lanao del Sur during the 2019 midterm elections held last Monday.

Duterte will not allow election cheating — Palace

MALACAÑANG warned on Friday that President Rodrigo R. Duterte will not allow any form of cheating by the election commission in the 2019 midterm elections on Monday, stressing that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) should ensure the integrity of the ballots.

Comelec assures it will be ready for the polls despite hitches

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) said that despite some mishaps surrounding the preparations in the days before the May 13 elections, it will be able to address them on time.

Task force vs vote buying launched

LESS THAN a week before the May 13 midterm polls, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) launched a task force intended to address the long-standing problem of vote buying.

Moises Padilla town placed under Comelec control

THE COMMISSION on Elections (Comelec) has placed the municipality of Moises Padilla in Negros Occidental under its control due to “political violence,” citing the recent killing of two town councilors seeking reelection.

Comelec to announce majority, minority parties this week

THE COMMISSION on Elections (Comelec) will announce the names of the dominant majority and minority parties for the May 13 elections this week, according to Comelec Spokesperson James B. Jimenez.

Most preparations for elections already in place: Comelec

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) has said that most of the preparations are in place for the 2019 National and Local Elections (NLE) which will be held in less than three weeks.

SC sought to enjoin Comelec to allow voter verification of ballots

ELECTION watchdog Mata sa Balota on Wednesday asked the Supreme Court (SC) to compel the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to strictly follow the March 2016 high court ruling, allowing voters to verify if their votes have been counted.

PNP asks Comelec to remove security for narco-politicians

THE PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) has requested the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to strip off security escorts for alleged narco-politicians running this coming midterm elections.

System reviewers: AES tough to hack, but Comelec still has to...

INDIVIDUALS WHO took part in reviewing the automated election system (AES) that will be used for the midterm elections in May assure its security, but said they will still keep track of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in ensuring its integrity.

Comelec sets new discount rules for May election campaign ads

THE COMMISSION on Elections (Comelec) has issued the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) for the amended election law, setting out the discount rates and guidelines for the May 2019 campaign ads that will be placed in different media outlets.

Filing of petitions for dominant majority, minority parties set until April...

POLITICAL PARTIES have until April 10 to file a petition before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for the determination of the dominant majority and dominant minority parties for the May midterm elections.

Entire Mindanao declared hotspot

THE COMMISSION on Elections (Comelec) on Tuesday declared the entire Mindanao as an election hotspot, citing armed threats and election-related violence in the area.

Comelec-Iloilo City cracks down on illegal campaign posters

MORE THAN three weeks since the start of the 2019 campaign period for national candidates, hundreds of illegal campaign posters were removed in Iloilo City.

Comelec rejects Otso Diretso’s request for debate

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) has dismissed the request of the Otso Diretso slate for a debate against the Hugpong ng Pagbabago candidates.

COMELEC’s next target: candidates’s commercial endorsements

FOLLOWING its crackdown on illegal campaign materials, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) said that advertisments featuring commercial endorsements of a product by candidates for the midterm elections will be also taken down.

Comelec starts crackdown on illegal campaign materials

THE Commission on Elections (COMELEC) has begun its crackdown on illegal campaign materials, including those oversized or placed outside designated areas, following a grace period for compliance that ended Thursday.

Comelec warns candidates on election offenses as campaign period starts

THE COMMISSION on Elections (Comelec) has issued a reminder to candidates in the upcoming national and local elections that they can be penalized for prohibited campaign materials, even if these were supposedly put up by supporters without their knowledge.

Comelec delivers election source code to BSP

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) announced that the source code to be used in the automated elections in May was deposited in escrow at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) on Friday.

Comelec releases final list of 63 senatorial candidates

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) has released a final list of 63 senatorial candidates in this year’s National and Local Elections (NLE).

Canvassing done, unofficial results says BOL ratified

THE National Plebiscite Board of Canvassers (NPBOC) has finished canvassing the votes for the Bangsamoro Organic Law plebiscite from Cotobato City, Isabela City in Basilan, and Basilan, with unofficial results leaning towards the creation of a new Bangsamoro region.

Canvassing starts as BOL approval anticipated

THE COMMISSION on Elections (Comelec) en banc convened on Tuesday morning as the National Plebiscite Board of Canvassers (NPBOC) to start the official count for the votes in the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) plebiscite, but adjourned by 11:30 a.m. as it

Comelec to hold mock polls to test automated system

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) will hold mock elections on Jan. 19 in 60 clustered precincts in 30 areas to test-run the automated system for the May 13 midterm polls.

Comelec to maintain party-list sequence in ballots based on raffle

VOTERS in the May 13 midterms elections could expect to see blank items in the ballot as the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Wednesday ruled that it will maintain the order of raffled party-list (PL) groups despite expected disqualification announcements later this month.

Comelec anticipates at least 75% voter turnout in Bangsamoro plebiscite

THE COMMISSION on Elections (Comelec) is expecting a high voter turnout during the plebiscite on the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL).

DoH, Comelec regional offices gear up for Bangsamoro vote

WITH AN expected 2.8 million voters for the coming Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) plebiscite, the Department of Health (DoH) and Commission on Elections (Comelec) offices in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) have laid out plans to ensure immediate response to critical situations.

Comelec inks MoA with AFP, PNP

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (AFP) to ensure that the upcoming plebiscite for the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) Ratification will be peaceful.

Comelec, BTC, OPAPP ink pact for credible Bangsamoro plebiscite

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Friday signed an agreement with the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) and Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPPAP) for the voter education and information campaign on the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) plebiscite.

Disqualification, CONA cases delay release of May poll candidates list

THE COMMISSION on Elections (Comelec) has given assurance that the printing of official ballots will be completed in time for the May midterm poll despite a delay in releasing the final list of candidates due to pending cases.

Software for Comelec’s election management system ready

ONE software program to be used by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for next year’s midterm elections has already been completed, in time before the release of the list of candidates this month.