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Namfrel chair’s statement on impartiality

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October 13, 2009

Press Statement


“After the proclamation of the Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates of the different parties such as the Liberal Party and the Lakas-Kampi, I have decided to remain neutral in the light of the ongoing discussions on the Reproductive Health Bill which some of the candidates seem to support very strongly. I am aware of the long tradition of NAMFREL of being non-partisan and I intend to respect and honor that tradition. I would not have accepted the Chairmanship of NAMFREL if I were not willing to remain neutral.”

Jose L. Cuisia, Jr.
National Chairman
National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL)


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October 13, 2009 at 10:57 am

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Namfrel selects new officers

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October 7, 2009
Press Statement
At its meeting of 02 October 2009, the NAMFREL National Council elected Mr. Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. as the organization’s new National Chairperson. Former senator Vicente T. Paterno was elected as National Vice Chairperson.
New members of the NAMFREL National Council were also named during the meeting. They are: Mrs. Corazon de la Paz-Bernardo, Mr. Christian Monsod, Bishop Efraim Tendero, Fr. Eliseo Mercado,OMI.,  Mr. David Balangue, Mr. Joey Bermudez and Mr. Telibert Laoc. 

The selection of new council members is in line with NAMFREL’s preparation on its possible role in the upcoming May 2010 automated elections.

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October 7, 2009 at 4:23 pm

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The blindside of automating the 2010 Philippine elections

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(The author was the executive director of the Philippines’ National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections, Namfrel, from 1996 to 2003 and was involved in efforts to modernize Philippine elections since 1994. He has organized or assisted in setting up Namfrel-like organizations in many other countries and has observed many elections worldwide.)


The blindside of automating the 2010 Philippine elections
by Telibert C. Laoc

Ballot and Issues2

What concerns me most is that voters might commit a high number of mistakes in filling up the ballot and a good number of votes would not be counted. If voter error is too high, it could negate the benefits of automating the count.

In the 2004 presidential elections, 36.6 million voters came out to vote or 84 percent of 43.5 million registered1. However, there were only 32.2 million votes cast for all the five candidates for president, or 88 percent. There is no accounting by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) of the 4.3 million vote difference, or 12 percent (36.6 million less 32.3 million).

There are a number of explanations to this. Not all voters really vote for a president. Some votes could have been invalidated because a name of a non-candidate was written on the ballot. The handwritten name of the candidate was illegible or entire ballots could have been invalidated due to the presence of markings or what is referred to as a “marked ballot”. It is also possible that for some reason the votes cast for president were omitted and were not read at all.

Read the full article HERE.

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October 6, 2009 at 11:05 am

Posted in Automation issues