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Penalty mulled for candidate substitutions

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MANILA, Philippines–Commission on Elections Chairman Jose Melo is considering penalizing candidates who will field in substitutions in the May 2010 polls. Video report by�s Anna Valmero.


Poll automation won’t be a ‘Mega Pacific’

By Anna Valmero
First Posted 13:51:00 06/17/2009

Filed Under: Technology (general), Elections

MANILA, Philippines—The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has hired two retired justices to review the 2010 automation contract to avoid the repeat of the 2004 Mega Pacific case.

“Comelec chairman Jose Melo made sure that the 2010 poll automation project will not be subject to legal challenges later on due to having questionable provisions that are unfavorable to Comelec or that might lead to the repeat of the 2004 Mega Pacific case,” Special Bids and Awards Committee (SBAC) chairman Ferdinand Rafanan said Wednesday. Read the rest of this entry »

Melo: Comelec can’t act on ‘early campaigns’

By Anna Valmero
First Posted 07:08:00 05/20/2009

Filed Under: Politics, Elections, Eleksyon 2010, Advertising

MANILA, Philippines—Commission on Elections Chairman Jose Melo admitted on Tuesday that the poll body cannot act on premature or early campaigning of several aspiring presidential and local candidates for the 2010 elections.

“I’ve said time and again mahirap (this is a difficult issue). It is up to the people to judge these early campaigning styles [of aspiring candidates]. You know if it is an honest-to-goodness endorsement or a political campaign. In 2010, the public will decide,” said Melo. Read the rest of this entry »

‘No more debates on poll automation’

By Anna Valmero
First Posted 14:07:00 04/14/2009

Filed Under: Elections, Technology (general), Inquirer Politics

MANILA, Philippines—Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Jose Melo urged that groups trying to sway the public from trusting the poll body’s automation plan to put doubts about its plan to rest.

“There may be legitimate concerns [on automation] but some suspicions paint a scenario na hindi dapat paniwalaan ang automation [that automation should not to be trusted]. It is a closed issue whether or not to push through with automation. We at the Comelec believe it’s about time that we trust the automated system for elections to prevent dagdag-bawas [vote padding and shaving],” Melo told reporters Tuesday.
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