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ELEKSYON 2010 Comelec sets April 15 deadline for media accreditation

Posted on: February 18, 2010

ELEKSYON 2010
Comelec sets April 15 deadline for media accreditation

By Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 12:32:00 02/18/2010

Filed Under: Eleksyon 2010, Politics, Elections, Media

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) urged local and foreign media and observers to start applying for accreditation for the May 10 national polls and have until April 15 to do so, an official said.

Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said the accreditation would enable media outfits, reporters, and observers to cover and check on the conduct of the first nationwide automated elections in the country based on en banc Resolution 8764.

“It is expected that the 2010 automated national and local elections will generate great media attention, both foreign and domestic,” said Jimenez, quoting the order.

“It is the policy of Comelec to ensure accurate reporting about the conduct and results of the 2010 automated elections by providing maximum access to all stages of the electoral process to accredited media representatives subject only to conditions essential for the protection of Comelec personnel, property and privileged information,” according to the resolution.

All national and local media reporters requesting for accreditation must submit a duly accomplished application form; two 2-inches by 2-inches colored photos; and an endorsement from the media agency employing the applicant, said Jimenez.

Members of the foreign media will be required to submit photocopies of their International Press Center Card (IPC) for this year, aside from an accomplished form and photos, said Jimenez.

All applications for accreditation must be personally filed by April 15 before the Comelec Education and Information Department (Comelec-EID) for national and foreign media, and at the Office of the Provincial Election Supervisor (OPES) for the local media, the spokesman added.

Foreigners or groups of foreigners who wish to observe the May 10 elections have until April 15 to apply for accreditation with the Comelec-EID. They must submit an application form, two recent photos and an endorsement by the Ambassador or Consul of the home country of the applicants, said Jimenez.

Application forms can be downloaded from the Comelec website http://www.comelec.gov.ph/, the poll body’s official voter education website http://www.ibanangayon.ph/ and at Comelec’s official community site http://www.bagongbotante.ph/.

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