• Competence, integrity must for poll posts

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    An election lawyer on Wednesday said those being considered to replace retirement-bound poll officials should be of “proven competence and integrity.”

    Romulo Macalintal, at the same time, added that he has no objection to the appointment of “insiders” to replace Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. and two poll commissioners.

    “Actually, they are not retiring,” he said of Brillantes and Lucenito Tagle and Elias Yusoph. “Their respective terms will merely expire on February 5, 2014.”

    It was reported that Macalintal had refused the top poll post in favor of a run for the Senate in the 2016 elections.

    “But whoever is appointed should be with proven competence and integrity. One who knows the laws and the rules and regulations governing an election. In that way, he could be firm on his decision and could defend his position on a given election-related issue,” the election lawyer said in a statement.

    The Comelec chairman, according to Macalintal, “must be a good team leader [not]only for other officials and personnel of the Comelec but to the entire electorate.”

    The country’s highest poll official, he said, should be able to inspire voters to be “vigilant in reporting any and all kinds of fraud or irregularities that may come to their knowledge.”

    The Comelec chief, Macalintal added, should “[give]everyone the feel of confidence and assurances of a clean and credible election.”

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