Comelec issues guidelines on delivery of ERs
Posted March 18, 2010on:
By Anna Valmero
First Posted 21:55:00 03/17/2010
Filed Under: Elections, Eleksyon 2010
MANILA, Philippines—All printed election returns (ERs) should be submitted to the Commission on Elections and the Philippine Congress not later than three days after the May 10 polls, Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said Wednesday.
Based on Comelec resolution 8803 promulgated on March 16, Jimenez said the board of election inspectors will deliver to the election officer (EO) the envelopes containing the printed ERs intended for Comelec, Congress and Provincial Board of Canvassers (PBOC). Each will get one of the 30 ERs to be printed by the poll machine.
Comelec and Congress will serve as national boards of canvassers.
The EO will then segregate the envelopes and deposit them in ballot boxes. The EO will secure each ballot box with three padlocks and deliver them to the concerned office.
In Metro Manila, all ballot boxes from EOs will be delivered to the National Capital Region’s regional election director (RED), who will transmit them to Congress and Comelec. Those intended for the PBOC will be kept in custody of the NCR RED.
For areas outside Metro Manila, ballot boxes will be delivered by the election assistant (EA) to the Office of the Provincial Election Supervisor (OPES) “no later than 12 noon of May 11,” the resolution said.
The most senior election assistant in the OPES will receive the copies and issue the proper receipt, the resolution added.
For purposes of transmitting the copies of ERs for Congress and Comelec, the Provincial Election Supervisor will designate a senior and able Comelec election assistant to transmit the ERs to the office of the Senate president, “within 12 hours from delivery, using the fastest means of transportation,” the resolution added.
“In all instances, the provincial election supervisor must see to it the delivery of copies of the ERs at intervals of 12 hours or shorter and that all copies of the ERs for Congress and the Commission are delivered not later than May 13,” the resolution said.
Members of the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines, along with watchers of political parties, candidates and accredited citizen’s arm, will have to be present during the delivery of the ballot boxes, Jimenez said.