Election Updates from the National Citizens' Movement for
Free Elections (NAMFREL), Philippines.
May 25, 2016
The Namfrel Council, led by Chairman David Balangue made an assessment of the May 9 elections during its May 16 and 25, 2016 meetings.
At the time of this report there will be 35 days left to the May 9 presidential and general elections.
Updates on the Random Manual Audit, Transmission Feed
from TS/MS and Hash Codes
Random Manual Audit
The conduct of a Random Manual Audit (RMA) is a safeguard mandated by Sec. 29 of RA 9369 (Automated Election Systems Law) to verify the accuracy of the count of the Vote Counting Machines (VCM). This 2016, the RMA is to be conducted under the auspices of the RMA Committee (RMAC), composed of representatives from the Comelec, the Philippine Statistical Authority (PSA) and the Comelec authorized citizens’ arm, NAMFREL (assisted by its partner the Philippine Institute for Certified Public Accountants (PICPA )), as authorized by SPP 15-193 dated March 2, 2016. The activity involves a manual comparison of the printed election return generated by VCMs (formerly PCOS) vis-à-vis the manual appreciation of the ballots (primary source document) of the selected cluster precincts.
Provinces with more than 10% Unreported Election Returns Identified The NAMFREL Systems Group analyzed the data of Election Returns in the COMELEC’s Transparency Server and determined the following provinces with 10% or more unreported election returns:
Mandaluyong City - as of 1:00PM, NAMFREL is receiving reports of the COMELEC Random Manual Audit (RMA) status.
Mandaluyong City - As of 4:00 PM, the COMELEC Random Manual Audit (RMA) Operations, with the support of NAMFREL, are ongoing in 715 precincts across the 238 legislative districts.
Mandaluyong City – On May 9, 2016, NAMFREL Chairman Dave Balangue and Alternate Chairperson Tammy Lipana joined COMELEC Commissioner Louie de Guia and Philippine Statistics Authority official Josie Perez at PICC in selecting the municipalities and precinct clusters to be included in the 2016 Elections Random Manual Audit.
Mandaluyong City - As of 8 am, Namfrel volunteers deployed nationwide have been sending reports to the Namfrel Operations Center Nationwide. So far, we have assessed that the opening of polls have proceeded smoothly with some minor isolated cases of disruptions.
In the Matter of the Accreditation of National Citizens' Movement for Free Election (NAMFREL) as Citizens' Arm of the Commission for the May 9, 2016 National and Local Elections.download pdf
In the Matter of the Petition for the Accreditation as Citizens' Arm of the Commission on Elections to Assist in the Conduct of the 2016 National and Local Elections and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Electionsdownload pdf
Damaso G. Magbual, National Council Member of NAMFREL, was recently elected Chairman of the Global Network of Domestic Election Monitors (GNDEM) during its 2nd organizational meeting held in Johannesburg, South Africa on June 8 to 11, 2015.(continue)
On June 27, 2015 (Saturday), the Commission on Elections (Comelec) will test in Bacoor City the Precinct Automated Tallying System (PATaS), formerly known as Transparent and Credible Election System (TCrES).(continue)
Three ranking officials from the Election Commission of Thailand (ECT), Mr. Anucha Chansuriya, Ms. Patchara Katikul, and Mr. Kongyos Boonak met with NAMFREL Council Members and Secretariat, June 23, 2015 to explore areas and modes of cooperation between election management bodies (EMBs) and election monitoring organizations (EMOs). The three officials are in the country to attend the ASEAN Workshop on Election Observation, a conference of EMB officials being held at the Manila Peninsula Hotel.(continue)
November 12-14, 2014 - Manila, PhilippinesWatch Video
February 5, 2015
Dates to remember this coming Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Elections 2015
by Gus Lagman
If I wanted to rig the 2016 national and local elections (NLE), here’s a list of what I would do:
December 9, 2014
Preparations for the 2016 national and local elections is heating up. In fact, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has initiated the bidding for additional PCOS machines. Additional because the Comelec intends to re-use the PCOS machines that were used in the 2010 and 2013 elections.
On November 10 to 11, 2014, the National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL) and the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) conducted the Asian Citizens’ Election Monitoring Organization (ACEMO) Workshop at the Dusit Thani Manila, Makati City.
Former Senator Vicente T. Paterno passed away this morning, November 21, 2014, at 8:36am. The wake starts tonight at 9:30pm at Santuario de San Antonio, Forbes Park, Makati City. We were informed by the family that in lieu of flowers, donations be given instead to Phil. Seven Foundation, Inc.
The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) announced today that there will be an Automated Election Systems Technology Fair on July 27, 2014, where up to ten (10) technology providers will be given the opportunity to present their respective election solutions to the public. After each presentation, questions will be entertained.continue reading
Filipinos in Saudi Arabia who will avail of consular
services from the Philippine embassy in Riyadh will
automatically go through overseas voter
In an advisory, the embassy in Riyadh said it will extend overseas registration services to "all Filipinos who will avail of consular services."
As experts, like our columnist Lito Averia, have been explaining for years now, the Comelec’s very expensive PCOS machines rejected hundreds of thousands of ballots that were not counted manually and recorded.continue reading
The Barangay Elections conducted on October 28, 2013 passed with considerable success and was generally peaceful despite reports of sporadic violence across the country. The occurrence of sporadic violence is due to the intense rivalry in local politics. However there are still practices and serious election offenses that continue to cast a dark shadow on the electoral process.read statement
In commemoration of its 30th year, the National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections held a Thanksgiving Mass on October 26, 2013 at the National Shrine of the Divine Child at La Salle Green Hills in Mandaluyong City, simultaneous with similar prayer services held by NAMFREL chapters in major cities nationwide. Being two days before the barangay elections, the day’s activities also served as a Mass/prayer services for the peaceful holding of the polls. The Mass at La Salle Green Hills was officiated by Bishop Ramon B. Villena, D.D. of Bayombong, a NAMFREL pioneer, and was attended by fellow NAMFREL pioneers and volunteers past and present. A traditional NAMFREL Light-A-Candle ceremony was also held, led by current NAMFREL National Chairperson Corazon Dela Paz-Bernardo.read article
NAMFREL 30th Anniversary Thanksgiving Mass, October 26, 2013
National Shrine of the Divine Child, La Salle Green Hills, Mandaluyong City
Members of the Myanmar (Burma) Union Election Commission as well as representatives from civil society were in the country from September 22-27 for a study trip sponsored by IFES Philippines to dialogue with their counterparts and to connect with electoral peers. According to IFES, the activity was also held “to provide the opportunity to understand obstacles and opportunities facing the democratic process in other countries and gain valuable insights into approaches to overcome these obstacles from their peers.read article
ANFREL deployed a team of eight experts from six Asian countries headed by this writer, to observe the Parliamentary Elections in Cambodia on July 28, 2013. Our findings were presented to a group of diplomats from the European Union (15 embassies represented) in Bangkok, Thailand, hosted by the Swiss Embassy.read article
NAMFREL mourns the passing of Fr. Jose P. Dizon, convenor of election monitoring organization Kontra-Daya. In his 40 years of priesthood, Fr. Dizon dedicated his life not only to his faith but also in the service of the poor and to human rights, especially workers’ rights. He was actively involved in the anti-dictatorship movement, and most recently he was involved in the movement to abolish the pork barrel. As convenor of the poll watchdog Kontra-Daya, he led concerned organizations and sectors in the demand for additional safeguards to the automated election system and for vigilance against election fraud, and in exposing irregularities in the elections.read article
The Ateneo de Zamboanga University (AdZU) has been given a surprise recognition by the National Citizens Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL) as one of its Bantay ng Bayan Awardees during the launching of its 30th year anniversary celebrations on October 26, 2013 at La Salle – Greenhills (High School unit) in San Juan City. AdZU, the only education institution awardee, was cited for being excellent in organizing its students, faculty, staff and other citizens in Zamboanga City for election related activities and for having been NAMFREL’s partner since its first election engagement in the 1980’s.read article
True to its call to be a “university serving society,” Xavier University celebrated the 30th anniversary of the National Citizens Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL) through a gathering of volunteers, a Thanksgiving Mass, and a light-a-candle ceremony at the University Church on Oct 26.read article
CATARMAN, Northern Samar, Oct. 27 (PIA) – The Diocese of Catarman thru the Diocesan Pastoral Secretariat, Diocesan Social Action Commission led in the observance of National Citizen’s Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL)’s 30th Foundation Anniversary on October 26, 2013 with the Covenant Signing for an honest and peaceful barangay election in Northern Samar.read article
Open ngayong weekend ang mga local Comelec offices
para sa mga gustong magpa-register para sa SK at
barangay elections. Deadline na kaya sa Wednesday,
pero we suggest gawin na natin habang maaga pa.
Let's go na and register bago manood ng sine at
Kung di ka pa registered, or deactivated na ang
records mo sa Comelec, or kailangan mong i-transfer
ang records mo, magparegister ka na by Wednesday, ,
July 31, pero 'wag mo nang intayin pa yun 'no, para
ka namang hindi nasanay sa dagsa ng mga tao. Make
sure na may dala kang valid IDs at proof of
residence. O ano, tara!
Magpa-register na kayo para sa Sangguniang Kabataan
(SK) elections sa Comelec. Hanggang Wednesday (July
31) na lang pwede, pero 'wag n'yo nang intayin pa
yun. If you are 15 yo. but less than 18 yo. by
October 28, 2013, then pwede ka nang magpa-register
sa SK. Please bring your birth certificate, ID, at
proof of residence. Go na! Arf!
Makakaboto ka lang sa May 2016 kung registered ka at
kung nakuhanan ka na ng COMELEC ng biometrics
information. Kung nakaboto ka nitong May 2013 pero
di ka pa nakuhanan ng digital photograph,
fingerprint at signature, HINDI KA PA RIN MAKAKABOTO
Monitoring election contributions and expenditure
has been given emphasis by the Comelec in the 2013
Philippine mid-term elections to improve
opportunities and chance for candidates with limited
resources for a successful campaign. However,
enforcement of and compliance to these regulations
were muted due to a combination of resource
constraints of Comelec, unclear implementing rules,
and existing election rules & regulations which
contradict the spirit of campaign finance laws.
At this link you will find the National Board of Canvassers' resolution 10-13 of June 5, 2013 officially proclaiming the results of the senatorial race: http://www.comelec.gov.ph/uploads/Elections/2013natloc/res/nboc_res_001013.pdf
A few questions begged to be asked:read article
(Editor's note: These are excerpts from the observation reports of Ms. Pascual. The voting in Doha took place from April 13 to May 13, 2013 at the Philippine Embassy in Doha. There were 23,260 registered voters in Qatar, or 11% of the estimated 200,000 Filipinos in the country. Six special boards of election inspectors (SBEIs) were formed to accommodate the voters. The turnout was very low, at only 10%).
Voter turnout was low but this was to be expected according to Vice-Consul Melvin C. Almonguera. They were expecting a better turnout on the 2nd weekend of the voting period.read article
Right after I voted at West Central Elementary School, I immediately went to the Zamboanga City Reformatory Center to observe the process of election given to the registered detainees. The Local Comelec Office, District 1, Zamboanga City made a special arrangement with the BJMP-Zamboanga City in order for the registered detainees to shade their ballots inside the chapel of the said compound.read article
It was no easy task, but we took the challenge. To even think of pulling the people out from what they have been used to doing for decades, in fact every election since the Philippines gained its independence and began exercising their right of suffrage, has been like fighting an invisible foe. But nevertheless, since we were given this task, then, we had to do it.read article
Being a volunteer was quite a big challenge for me because in this team we experienced hardships. In spite of what we went through, still we faced them with patience and understanding. It was one of the most amazing experiences in my life. When I decided to volunteer I couldn’t imagine how grateful I would be that I was given the chance to be part of the team. Having the chance to be a NAMFREL 2013 volunteer was beyond words and an amazing opportunity for me. During our market campaign, I met different kinds of people who had different stands and ideas on current political issues. It was an opportunity for me to develop my leadership skills.read article
(Editor's note: Ruth was one of NAMFREL's 8 interns from UP Manila for the 2013 elections. She was joined by Via Cabatu, Kristine Cardona, Joana Castro, Eliana Cortes, Fatima del Rosario, Karel Galang, and Roma Monzon.)
There is no greater volunteerism than that of
protecting democracy itself.
As Political Science students, the main objective of the practicum was for us to see the dynamics of theory and practice. Our usual curriculum allowed 200 hours spent in either a government or non-government office, if not in a far-flung area for immersion trips.
A round table discussion on three recent elections in Asia was organized by the Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy (PCID) in UP Diliman on May 31. These elections were held in Pakistan, Malaysia and the Philippines (with emphasis on the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao - ARMM). Mr. Raveendran Nair of the Malaysian Embassy in Manila gave a report on the last election better referred to by the media and the political contestants as General Election 2013. Mr. Nair gave a brief presentation on the election process as well as the results. There was hardly any room for disagreement on what was presented.read article
A month has passed since the May 13 midterm elections in the Philippines. While the elections were orderly and peaceful, there have been many reported incidents that have marred the electoral process. For instance, as NAMFREL and other watchdogs had warned, a significant number of PCOS machines malfunctioned. COMELEC Chair Brillantes has said, “we may not pay the entire amount if we can show that the problems and defects were from Smartmatic." 258 out of the 78,000 PCOS machines used in the polls bogged down. The report of the Random Manual Audit (RMA), which should have been done on election night, has not been released yet even though the sample of 234 precincts is a small one. Fears, that the results may be “massaged”, are not allayed by the non-reporting of the RMA results. However, the automated counting system has made wholesale cheating more difficult, particularly the “dagdag-bawas” (adding-subtracting votes from the official tallies) that used to plague the counting of votes.read article
A Statement of the CBCP-National Secretariat for
Social Action (CBCP-NASSA) .
With the transmission of Election Returns (ERs) at
COMELEC’s Transparency Server being stalled at
76.3273% as of 5:41 PM on May 17, Friday or five
days after the May 13 voting, a lot of apprehension
is going around over COMELEC’s plan on how it will
account for the remaining 23.6727% missing ERs.
Comelec announced that, as of 11AM today, it has
only received 14 Certificates of Canvass (COC) out
of 302 expected COCs from 80 provinces, 26 cities, 1
Local Absentee Voters (LAV) and 195 Overseas
Absentee Voters (OAV).
NAMFREL provides detailed and validated results for
Senatorial candidates in its website. Results are
available per region, per province, per town and
down to the precinct level. Results are updated at
least every two hours.
Ms. Corazon de la Paz-Bernardo, Chairperson of the
National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections
(NAMFREL) urges the Filipino voters to go the extra
mile when they
vote tomorrow, May 13 by being citizen-observers for
a free, honest and orderly elections. The first
order of the day for every qualified voter of course
is to go to the
precinct to exercise his/her right (and duty) to
The National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections
or NAMFREL has set-up its National Operations Center
for the election week at the 3rd Floor of the PICPA
Building along Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City.
Through an Ecumenical Service held on Sunday, May
12, 2013, the Headquarters’ operations officially
NAMFREL asked its provincial chapters to check the
Computerized Voters’ List (CVL) which will be used
in the May 13, 2013 elections to validate its
completeness, accuracy, and currency, and, as
prescribed in the COMELEC calendar, if these are
posted at the local COMELEC offices.
In line with our commitment to provide the COMELEC
with feedback on the field situation in the lead up
to the election on Monday, May 13, we would like to
share with you the observations coming from our 33
provincial and 10 NCR city chapters on the Final
Testing and Sealing (FTS) of the PCOS machines.
Since the final day of the FTS is today, May 11, the
reports from the field are still coming in..
Positive Points in the FTS Observation by NAMFREL
Areas for Improvement of the PCOS Machines (from
Observation of FTS by NAMFREL Volunteers)
We would like to announce that for the May 2013
elections, NAMFREL will have its National Operations
Center at the national headquarters of the
Philippine Institute for Certified Public
Accountants (PICPA), 700 Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong
NAMFREL’s mandate as a citizens’ arm is to assist
the COMELEC in ensuring the conduct of free, orderly
and clean elections. As such, its volunteers have
already reported on the performance of the PCOS
machines in several demonstrations conducted in
their chapters. Based on their reports, NAMFREL
would like to express its concern on the reliability
of the performance of the machines that will be used
during the May 2013 elections.
Pursuant to CSC Resolution No. 1300619 dated April
3, 2013, the Civil Service Commission activated the
Public Sector Volunteerism for HOPE (Honest, Orderly
and Peaceful Elections) 2013.
March 2, 2013
Recently accredited by the COMELEC for the May 2013
National and Local Elections, the National Citizens'
Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL) convened the
leaders of its local chapters from all over the
country at The Heritage Hotel in Pasay City for its
Pre-Election National Assembly, from February
28-March 2, 2013.
February 15, 2013
The National Citizens’ Movement
for Free Elections (Namfrel), which pioneered the
people’s involvement in the electoral exercises of
1984 and 1986 (when President Ferdinand Marcos
agreed to call a snap election), is back.
February 13, 2013
NAMFREL (National Citizens
Movement for Free Election) Executive Council
Chairperson Corazon De La Paz-Bernardo will speak at
University of the East (UE) – Caloocan forum on
Governance Issues on Tuesday, February 19, at 2
p.m., at the Multipurpose Hall of the Dr. Lucio Tan
Building, during the UE Caloocan Week 2013
In the Matter of the Petition for Accreditation of
the National Citizens' Movement for Free Elections
as Citizens' Arm of the Commission on Elections for
the Conduct of the May 13, 2013 National, Local and
January 13, 2013
(This Voter Pledge was read at the Unity Walk of 13
January 2013, by COMELEC Commissioner Elias R.
January 13, 2013
Close to a hundred NAMFREL volunteers participated in the Unity Walk and Prayer Rally for Secure and Fair Elections (SAFE) 2013, held on January 13, 2013 at the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City.