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2019 National and Local Elections

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    2018 NAMFREL Christmas Message

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    COMELEC Presents NAMFREL with Recognition

    On behalf of all NAMFREL volunteers worldwide, past and present, we would like to express our sincerest appreciation to the COMELEC for this recognition. Since 1983, NAMFREL has promoted volunteerism to strengthen democracy in the Philippines through helping ensure clean, honest and credible elections, a goal that NAMFREL shares with the election commission

    NAMFREL congratulates COMELEC chair Abas on his CA confirmation

    The National Citizens' Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL) congratulates Commission on Elections (COMELEC) chairperson Sheriff Abas on his confirmation by the Commission on Appointments....continue>

    2018 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Elections 

    Sign up to volunteer to observe the Barangay and SK elections

    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: (REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED)
    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

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    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

    Namfrel's inputs on electoral reforms

    pdf - Today, March 08, 2018, the National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections sent to the president, Senate president, speaker of the House of Representatives, and to the chair of the Constitutional Committee its views on electoral reforms...continue>>>

    Namfrel position supporting the holding of Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan polls as scheduled on May 14, 2018

    pdf - Namfrel position supporting the holding of Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan polls as scheduled on May 14, 2018

    Namfrel News

    Election Updates from the National Citizens' Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL), Philippines.

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    Comelec Press Release: Comelec Releases Calendar of activities for BSKE 2018

    pdf - Comelec Press Release: Comelec Releases Calendar of activities for BSKE 2018

    Comelec Press Release: Comelec to Use BSKE 2017 Ballots for BSKE 2018

    pdf - Comelec Press Release: COMELEC to Use BSKE 2017 Ballots for BSKE 2018

    Comelec Resolution No. 10246

    pdf - Comelec Resolution No. 10246

    2016 National and Local Elections Random Manual Audit Report

    2016 National and Local Elections Random Manual Audit Report

    NAMFREL Statement on proposals to postpone the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections and appoint Barangay officials

    Comelec Advisory Council Resolution No. 2017-002

    Comelec Advisory Council Resolution No. 2017-002 - Technology Recommendations on the 2019 National and Local Elections
    Comelec Advisory Council Transmittal Letter to Comelec

    Namfrel assessment statement of the 2016 Elections

    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.

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    PEAM (Pre-election Assessment Mission) report

    Assessment Summary
    At the time of this report there will be 35 days left to the May 9 presidential and general elections.

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    PRESS RELEASE - May 12, 2016 at 12:00PM

    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.


    PRESS RELEASE - May 11, 2016 at 6:00PM

    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:


    PRESS RELEASE - May 11, 2016 at 1:00PM

    Mandaluyong City - as of 1:00PM, NAMFREL is receiving reports of the COMELEC Random Manual Audit (RMA) status.

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    PRESS RELEASE - May 10, 2016 at 4:00PM

    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.

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    PRESS RELEASE - May 10, 2016 at 12:00PM

    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.

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    PRESS RELEASE - May 9, 2016 at 10:00AM

    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.

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    NAMFREL clarification on 2016 NLE accreditation

    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.

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    Namfrel 2016 Accreditation

    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) Elections

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    Schedule of Satellite Registration in Malls

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    Filipino Election Monitoring Expert elected Chairman of International Body

    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.


    Comelec holds mock election in Cavite to test PATaS

    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).


    Three Thai Election Officials Visit NAMFREL

    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. 


    (video) 9th Implementation Meeting of the DECLARATION of PRINCIPLES for INTERNATIONAL ELECTION OBSERVATION

    November 12-14, 2014 - Manila, Philippines

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    Minutes of the Meeting - Joint Congressional Oversight Committee on the Automated Election System   

    February 5, 2015


    SK 2015     

    Dates to remember this coming Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Elections 2015

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    If I wanted to rig the elections     

    by Gus Lagman

    If I wanted to rig the 2016 national and local elections (NLE), here’s a list of what I would do:


    PCOS: Problems galore   

    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.


    “Leading by example”: NAMFREL conducts an election monitoring workshop for Asian watchdogs   

    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.

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    Former Senator Vicente T. Paterno passes away 

    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.


    Transparency a Major Concern in Elections worldwide 

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    NAMFREL announces the recipients of the 2014 Bantay ng Bayan Awards, and remembers and honors the NAMFREL Heroes 

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    NAMFREL to co-host international election observers’ conference 

    Press Release

    NAMFREL to co-host the 9th Implementation Conference of the Declaration of Principles (DoP) for International Election Observation

    Press Release

    Dumb Ways to Vote

    Tagalog English

    ANFREL Expresses Solidarity With Protesters in Hong Kong

    Press Release

    ANFREL Statement on the Conclusion to Afghanistan's Ballot Audit 

    Press Release

    NDI's pre-election assessment mission statement issued last Sept. 20 in advance of Ukraine's October 26 parliamentary elections

    Press Release Final Statement

    Transparentelections.org Letter to Joint Congressional Oversight Committee (JCOC) on the Automated Election System (AES)

    September 18, 2014

    Voters's Registration

    Steps on How to Register for the 2016 Elections (Election Period: May 6, 2014 - October 31, 2015) Voters' Registration Brochure FAQ - English Voters' Registration Brochure FAQ - Tagalog Schedule of Satellite Registration in the NCR

    Automated Election System (AES) Technology Fair set on July 27

    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.

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    Satellite Registration for the 2016 National and Local Elections

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    Clients of PHL embassy in Riyadh to go through overseas voter registration

    Filipinos in Saudi Arabia who will avail of consular services from the Philippine embassy in Riyadh will automatically go through overseas voter registration.

    In an advisory, the embassy in Riyadh said it will extend overseas registration services to "all Filipinos who will avail of consular services."   

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    Drop the PCOS machines or have an ‘exception process’

    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.   

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    2014 Namfrel Infographics on Voters' Registration

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    Statement of the National Citizens' Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL) on the Conduct of the 2013 Barangay Elections

    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.   

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    NAMFREL celebrates its 30th anniversary and inaugurates the Bantay ng Bayan Awards

    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.   

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    Speech/Homily of His Excellency Most Rev. Ramon B. Villena, D.D., Bishop of Bayombong 

    NAMFREL 30th Anniversary Thanksgiving Mass, October 26, 2013
    National Shrine of the Divine Child, La Salle Green Hills, Mandaluyong City

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    Myanmar election stakeholders dialogue with Philippine counterparts

    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.   

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    The Cambodian Election

    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.  

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    NAMFREL mourns the passing of Fr. Jose P. Dizon, convenor of election monitoring organization Kontra-Daya

    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.  

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    NAMFREL names Ateneo de Zamboanga University as Bantay ng Bayan Awardee for 2013

    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. 

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    Xavier University celebrates NAMFREL’s 30th

    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. 

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    Diocese of Catarman observes NAMFREL's 30th Founding Anniversary with Peace Covenant Signing

    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. 

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    NAMFREL marks its 30th year

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    Executive Summary of NAMFREL's Report on the May 13, 2013 National, Local and ARMM Elections

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    Mga friends, reminder lang!

    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 gumimik. Taralets! 

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    Dude, registered ka na ba para sa barangay election sa October?

    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! 

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    Mga ATE at KUYA!

    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!

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    Makakaboto ka kaya sa next Presidential elections? SIGURADO KA?

    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 SA 2016.

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    Challenges in Campaign Finance Monitoring & Enforcement in the 2013 Elections 

    by Eric Jude O. Alvia, Secretary General, NAMFREL
    from NAMFREL Election Monitor Vol.3, No.1
    June 25, 2013

    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.

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    Incomplete reporting by the Comelec 

    by Telibert C. Laoc, Member, NAMFREL National Council
    International Elections Specialist
    from NAMFREL Election Monitor Vol.3, No.1
    June 25, 2013

    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:

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    Voting in Doha, Qatar 

    by Maria Christina Pascual-Serafica, NAMFREL Deputized Representative for Qatar 
    from NAMFREL Election Monitor Vol.3, No.1
    June 25, 2013

    (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.

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    Election day at the Zamboanga City Reformatory Center 

    by Perre Ian Dela Cruz, Chairperson, NAMFREL-Zamboanga City
    from NAMFREL Election Monitor Vol.3, No.1
    June 25, 2013

    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.

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    Voters' Education: A challenging new experience for us 

    by Bp. Benedicto S. Navarro, Chairperson, NAMFREL-Marikina
    from NAMFREL Election Monitor Vol.3, No.1
    June 25, 2013

    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.

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    My first NAMFREL volunteer engagement 

    by Jenny Lim Rauto, Lourdes College Student
    NAMFREL Volunteer, Cagayan de Oro
    from NAMFREL Election Monitor Vol.3, No.1
    June 25, 2013

    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.

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    When Principles No Longer Suffice: NAMFREL and the 2013 Elections in the Lens of an Intern

    by Ruth Genevieve A. Lumibao, BS Political Science, UP Manila
    from NAMFREL Election Monitor Vol.3, No.1
    June 25, 2013

    (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.

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    Election in Malaysia

    by Damaso G. Magbual, Member, NAMFREL National Council
    Chairperson, Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL)
    from NAMFREL Election Monitor Vol.3, No.1
    June 25, 2013

    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.

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    Winning the war against democracy

    by Amina Rasul, Member, NAMFREL National Council
    President, Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy (PCID)
    from NAMFREL Election Monitor Vol.3, No.1
    June 25, 2013

    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.

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    2013 Election: Questionable 

    A Statement of the CBCP-National Secretariat for Social Action (CBCP-NASSA) .

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    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.

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    AES Transmission Sequence

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    NAMFREL Report on ERs Received through Comelec's Transparency Server (as of 1541H, May 17)

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    Press Release: Election Updates - May 15, 2013 

    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).

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    NAMFREL Report on ERs Received through Comelec's Transparency Server (as of 1300H, May 15)

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    Press Release: Detailed Election Results - May 15, 2013 

    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.

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    Press Release - Observation Updates -  May 15, 2013

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    NAMFREL Incident Reports - as of 8PM, May 13, 2013 

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    PRESS STATEMENT: NAMFREL Hails Filipinos for Exercising Their Right To Vote and For a Generally Peaceful Elections - May 13, 2013

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    NAMFREL Election Day Reports - as of 11 A.M. - May 13, 2013 

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    PRESS STATEMENT -- NAMFREL urges every Filipino to be a citizen-observer in tomorrow's elections 

    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 vote.

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    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 kicked-off.

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    NAMFREL writes to the Comelec on Computerized Voters' Lists (CVL) 

    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.

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    NAMFREL writes to the Comelec on PCOS Final Testing and Sealing 

    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..

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    FTS Observation by NAMFREL volunteers - Positive Points 

    Positive Points in the FTS Observation by NAMFREL Volunteers.

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    PCOS FTS - Areas for improvement 

    Areas for Improvement of the PCOS Machines (from Observation of FTS by NAMFREL Volunteers)

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    NAMFREL Operations Center opens on Sunday, May 12 

    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 City.

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    NAMFREL writes to the Comelec on vote buying 

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    Comelec PCOS Final Testing and Sealing Schedule 

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    Join the 3K Run for Honest, Orderly, and Peaceful Elections (May 10, 2013, Malate, Manila) 

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    PRESS RELEASE - NAMFREL expresses concern over reliability of PCOS machines for the May 2013 elections (April 25, 2013) 

    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.

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    Share NAMFREL's Voters' Information messages 

    2013 Namfrel's Voters' Information messages

    Civil Service Commission invites public servants to volunteer for NAMFREL 

    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.

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    NAMFREL Press Release: NAMFREL Gears Up for the May 2013 Elections 

    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.

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    NAMFREL 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.

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    NAMFREL Chairperson is guest speaker at UE Caloocan Forum on Governance Issues

    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 celebration.

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    COMELEC accredits NAMFREL as citizens' arm for the May 2013 National and Local Elections 

    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 ARMM Elections.

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    The Voter's Pledge 

    January 13, 2013

    (This Voter Pledge was read at the Unity Walk of 13 January 2013, by COMELEC Commissioner Elias R. Yusoph)

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    NAMFREL Participates in Unity Walk for SAFE 2013 

    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.

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    Dominion's response to Smartmatic (October 17, 2012) 

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    Smartmatic audit report of the July 24-25, 2012 Mock Elections presented last September 5 to the House Committee on Suffrage & Electoral Reform