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2018 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Elections

Sign up to volunteer to observe the Barangay and SK elections
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This is a general call for volunteers to observe the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections this month. Volunteers are encouraged to observe the entire process, from the campaign, up to the voting, counting, and canvassing of votes, in the village where they are registered to vote. However, if volunteers are not able to follow the entire process, they are given the option to observe whichever process they are available to do so.

The volunteers will be guided by an observation manual, which contains observation forms for each step in the election process, which the volunteers would need to fill out and send back to NAMFREL.

As a non-partisan activity, volunteers are required to commit to be non-partisan throughout the election process.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has accredited NAMFREL as its citizens' arm for the 2018 barangay and SK elections, extending its accreditation for the 2016 national and local elections. "Their continuous accreditation shall follow the same duties and responsibilities as provided under their accreditation during the 2016 National and Local Elections (NLE), insofar as it is applicable to the May 14, 2018 BSKE." (http://bit.ly/BSKEACC)

The deadline to sign-up as volunteer observer is on May 10, 2018.

Sign-up as a NAMFREL volunteer here: http://bit.ly/NAMFRELBSKE
Download the NAMFREL Observation Manual here: http://bit.ly/NBSKEMANUAL

Comelec accredits NAMFREL as citizens' arm for the 2018 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections

In an Excerpt (no. 18-0329, released to Namfrel today, May 7, 2018) from the Minutes of the special en banc meeting of the Comelec held on April 23, 2018, the Commission on Elections extended the 2016 accreditation of NAMFREL for the May 14, 2018 Barangay and SK elections.

This is pursuant to Sec. 18 of Comelec Resolution No. 10211 -- the General Instructions for the Members of the Electoral Board and Barangay Board of Canvassers (BBOCs) in connection with the conduct of the October 23, 2017 Synchronized Barangay and SK Elections:

"Sec. 18. Official watchers of candidates and other groups.

"Citizens' arms already accredited during the May 9, 2016 National and Local Elections; do not need to apply for accreditation for purposes of October 23, 2017 Barangay and SK Elections. However, they should file a manifestation of intent to discharge the duties of an accredited citizens' arm to the Commission En Banc not later than October 9, 2017."

When the Barangay and SK Elections were postponed to May 14, 2018, the Comelec adopted the resolutions originally meant for the October 2017 polls. On April 6, NAMFREL wrote the Comelec, manifesting its intent to be accredited for the May 2018 Barangay and SK elections, citing Comelec Resolution No. 10211.

In the Excerpt released by the Comelec today, it says,"Their continuous accreditation shall follow the same duties and responsibilities as provided under their accreditation during the 2016 National and Local Elections (NLE), insofar as it is applicable to the May 14, 2018 BSKE."

Read the Comelec's decision accrediting NAMFREL for the 2018 BSKE here: http://bit.ly/BSKEACC

Read FULL PDF File here

NAMFREL observes simulation of Barangay and SK Elections

NAMFREL volunteers observed the simulation of the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Elections, conducted by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on April 21 at the Rosauro Almario Elementary School in Tondo, Manila. The volunteers observed the entire process, from the preliminaries until the counting and consolidation of votes.

One hundred pre-selected voters from Barangay 20 in Tondo participated in the simulation. For the 2018 elections, counting will be manual instead of automated. The 2018 polls will also see the initial implementation of the SK reform law, which expands the voting age for Sangguniang Kabataan: voters 18 to 30 years old will be receiving two ballots, one for barangay and one for SK.

Read NAMFREL's report and recommendations here: http://bit.ly/NBSKEREC