Comelec girds for 2016 presidential polls, problems

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The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is already preparing for the 2016 presidential elections, as the poll body chief admits that the commission has failed in the May 2013 mid-term polls.

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“Nawalan kami ng preparations, nagkulang kami, maraming gulo, maraming asuntong inakyat at maraming ingay [We lacked preparations, we had shortcomings, there were troubles, cases were filed and there were a lot of noises]. I hope we will be able to solve all the problems,” Election Chairman Sixto Brillantes said on Monday.

With more than 800 days before the 2016 polls, he explained that they started their preparations as early as December 2013 as an “anticipation of what we intend to do.”

“Because of the experience of 2013, tingin ko mas grabe ang tutok ng media sa amin sa 2016 kasi presidential ito [I feel that media will take hard focus on us in 2016 as this is a presidential election],” he said. “They [young commissioners]already have a dry run.”

He added that the young commissioners of the Comelec will be the ones who will be running the elections, which is initially led by Commissioner Christian Robert Lim.
Brillantes noted that the barangay elections headed by Lim was a more successful one compared to the previous elections.

“The young commissioners took care of the barangay elections and it was a more successful one. What we feel is the preparations through as it will be under the initial leadership of Commissioner Lim as the head of the steering committee,” he said.

“We have already created a steering committee for the May 2016,” he added.

Meanwhile, he explained that the early preparations of the Comelec are also a preparation for the retirement of the three Comelec officials.

These retiring officials are Brillantes, Commissioners Lucenito Tagle and Elias Yusoph.
“That’s why, winarningan ko na iyong bagong commissioners kasi kami wala na kami sa 2016, so sabi ko tutulong kami for the preparations [I warned the new commissioner as we’ll be out in 2016, so I told them that we’ll help in the preparations],” he disclosed.

Robertzon F. Ramirez

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