Commission on Election
The Commission on Elections (Comelec), in effect, has two regional directors with the recent designation of Atty. Remlani Tambuang, but with the current regional director, Atty. Dennis Ausan, still remaining in his post.
Tambuang, interviewed by Capitol reporters yesterday, said he was assigned by Comelec chairman Sixto Brillantes as the regional director for Western Visayas, replacing Ausan, effective Oct. 1.
But Ausan said, "I did not take a leave, I was not relieved and I am still functioning my mandated functions."
At least 90 hinterland barangays in Negros Occidental have been identified by the military as "election hotspots" in relation to the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls on Oct. 28.
Col. Jon Aying, commander of the 303rd Infantry Brigade, said they consider these barangays "hotspot areas" because of the presence of the New People’s Army (NPA) there.
Most of the 90 barangays are located in the 1st, 5th and 6th districts, with less than one-third of the number considered highly-affected by the NPA rebels, he said.
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has started printing the official ballots for the barangay elections, amid calls to postpone the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections in October.
Comelec Commissioner Luie Guia said over the weekend that the National Printing Office has already printed about 2.5 million ballots in the past three days.
The Comelec expects the printing of 52 million ballots to be completed within 28 days or in a month’s time, he said.
By CLAUDEN MAE GENANDA
One hundred ninety eight Sangguniang Kabataan and Barangay election registrants were re-echecked by the Commission on Election (COMELEC).
Some 61 were recommended by the COMELEC to be disqualifed as voters.
With the three days of Election Registration Board (ERB) hearing, 169 of 198 applications that were being complained were disapproved by the ERB.
There was a huge turnout of new voters in Negros Occidental during the 10-day registration from July 22 to 31 for the synchronized Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Elections on October 28.
This was disclosed yesterday by provincial elections supervisor Jessie Suarez, who also said he initially expected an increase of only five to 10 percent in the new voters’ registration.
Based on the Provincial Comelec records, 45,806 regular voters had registered for the Barangay election, while 92,736 youths have registered for the SK election.
Aside from the new registrants, there are 2,014 voters who transferred polling precincts within a town or city; 6,987 voters who transferred from one town or city to another; 687 who transferred with reactivation, 5,980 whose registration was reactivated within a local government unit; and 1,632 who registered with corrections in their status.
It is less likely that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) will extend the 10-day voters’ registration for the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections in October, which ends today, July 31, its official said yesterday.
Comelec Commissioner Grace Padaca, in a phone interview with reporters covering the Provincial Capitol, when asked about the possible extension, said, "It is not the policy of the present Comelec to extend things like this."
She explained: "We are working on a calendar so we need to know the number of voters to prepare the ballots, how many teachers are needed to serve during the elections."
Bacolod City Councilor Caesar Distrito has sent a letter to Chairman Sixto S. Brillantes, Jr. of the Commession on Elections (COMELEC), requesting for an extension of the registration of voters for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) election slated October 28, 2013. As chairman of the SP Committee on laws, ordinances and good government, Distrito cited in his letter that since the first day of voters’ registration, the office of COMELEC Bacolod has been flooded with young and adult registrants. The registrants have sacrificed lining up from early dawn until 10 pm because the COMELEC can only accommodate 700 registrants for SK and 600 for adults per day. The registrants lining up daily are estimated to be not less than 3,000, who skipped their meals and even answered the call of nature, just to have their names registered for the coming elections. Bacolod COMELEC Office has only 3 units of computers, and it can cater to only 600 registrants per day. So the registrants line up until evening for the next day’s registration.
He also informed Chairman Brillantes about their conduct of public hearing by the joint committees on barangay affairs chaired by Councilor Mona dia Jardin, and his committee, relevant to COMELEC Resolution No. 9739, to augment the funds to be used in the conduct of 2013 barangay and SK elections.
By Clauden Mae Genanda
The joint Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod committee conference yesterday afternoon resolved to urge the Commission on Election (COMELEC) to extend the registration of voters for the Barangay and sangguninag Kabataan (SK) elections.
Led by Bacolod Councilor Caesar Distrito of the Committee on Laws, Ordinances and Good Governance and Councilor Mona Dia Jardin of the Committee on Barangay Affairs, the joint conference was also joine dby Comelec, PNP, baragay captains, SK chairmen and other stakeholders.
It was admitted during the conference at the Bacolod SP session hall that the Comelec cannot fully accommodate the huge number of registrants.
‘CHAOTIC & WET’. Another batch of registrants - young and old alike - got drenched and shivered under driving rain and wind since dawn yesterday while lining up along San Juan Street at downtown Bacolod towards the COMELEC registration area at the BAY Center. They wanted to finish the process to be able to vote during the October, 2013 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) election. There is indeed a need to extend for some days the registration because even the COMELEC admitted it lacks personnel and other equipment to speed up the list-up.* (Arman Toga photos)
Is it true that the money worth P228,000 intended for the honoraria of teachers who served in the May 13 elections in Hinobaan town was spent in the casino by election officer Alan Jaro?
I’ve heard about it, said Commission on Elections (Comelec) regional director Dennis Ausan, in a phone interview by Capitol reporters yesterday.
Ausan said that it is one of the things being investigated, but he neither confirmed nor denied the rumors.
Jaro’s case is still "subject for investigation" so he enjoys the right to due process right now, Ausan added.
"The validation still remains an allegation, unless a formal charge will be later filed against him," he stressed.