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Comelec taps PPCRV for voters’ listing

Posted on: February 24, 2009

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/nation/view/20090224-190753/Comelec-taps-PPCRV-for-voters-listing

By Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 13:23:00 02/24/2009

Filed Under: Elections, Eleksyon 2010

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections has accredited the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) as partner to assist in the ongoing voters’ registration for the 2010 elections, an official said.

Comelec commissioner Rene Sarmiento said the en banc approved in a resolution dated February 19 the petition by PPCRV – the only citizens’ arm that submitted its request to Comelec.

In its seven-page resolution, the Comelec en banc said, “The PPCRV has participated in the past electoral exercises where it has ably demonstrated its capacity to promote the public interest and to assist the Commission in the performance of its functions and activities, there is no reason to withhold accreditation to the said entity as citizens’ arm for purposes of the resumption of the general registration of voters.”

Henrietta de Villa, chairperson of PPCRV and the National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL), welcomed the accreditation.

“With or without the accreditation, PPCRV, together with NAMFREL, will do our part to assist the Comelec in the voters’ registration and voters’ education in preparation for the 2010 elections,” De Villa said.

She added: “The 2010 election is critical for our democracy and for the nation to move ahead.”

PPCRV has launched in December “Bagong Bida, Be the Change” campaign at schools to encourage first-time and youth voters to register and participate in the 2010 polls. Volunteers of the citizens’ arm are also doing house-to-house campaign in villages to encourage voters to reactivate or update their registration details.

De Villa said PPCRV and NAMFREL would forge a partnership via a joint oversight committee to implement activities related to registration and voters’ education so that they could “cover more ground” and tap the youth, business sector, civic organizations apart from parish populations.

As an accredited partner of the Comelec, PPCRV will deploy watchers during registration, assist the poll body in voters’ education campaign, and submit the names of PPCRV board officials and other officers for Comelec approval, Sarmiento said.

After the registration period, PPCRV will submit to the Comelec an accomplishment report. Accreditation of PPCRV to assist in the registration will lapse when registration period ends, said Sarmiento.

In case the PPCRV intends to assist during the elections, the Church-based group must file a new petition for accreditation to the Comelec, said Sarmiento.

Sarmiento said the poll body would discuss in the next en banc meeting the legal, administrative, and financial implications on PPCRV’s request for them to be provided free of charge with copies of the permanent list of voters in each city and municipality, the third copy of the approved voter registration records in each city and municipality, the list of deactivated, reactivated and/or canceled voters and related documents.

The PPCRV aims to help the Comelec update the voters’ list by checking the civil status of persons with the records at the National Statistics Office, De Villa said.

She added that the citizens’ arm aims to provide a website where people could view vital voters’ information such as the precinct number or where to go during election day.

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