Malacañang on Saturday said it welcomes any move that seeks to improve or reform the country’s election system.
Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. made the statement in reaction to the plans of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to introduce reforms in time for the 2019 midterm polls.
“Napakahalaga ng pagtiyak ng ating prosesong elektoral o paghahalal ng mga opisyal ng bansa ay may integridad at maayos itong maisasagawa. Kaya most welcome ang reporma na itinataguyod ng Comelec at ng iba pang mga stakeholders [Ensuring the integrity and orderliness of our electoral processes is very important. This why the reforms that the Comelec and other stakeholders aim to pursue are most welcome],” Coloma said in a radio interview.
“Dahil bunsod na rin ng karanasan natin sa nakaraang tatlong idinaos na automated elections ay siguro ay nakapangalap na ang iba’t ibang sektor kabilang na rin ang Comelec ng mga mahahalagang aral na pwedeng maging batayan sa pagtataguyod ng mga kinakailangang reporma [Perhaps different sectors, including the Comelec, have already gathered valuable lessons from our experience in three past automated elections that could be used as basis for reforms],” he added.
Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista said that the Comelec intends to “review and assess” the May 9 elections in time for the 2019 polls.
“I will be calling for a strategic planning conference among various Comelec officials so that we can assess what we did well and what we can improve upon so that for the next elections, we can build upon the gains of these elections,” he said.
Bautista is also considering amendments to the Omnibus Election Code (OEC), or Batas Pambansa Bilang 881, which was passed in 1985.
“That’s one of our priority agenda items. We want to come up with a draft Omnibus Election Code that will be more reflective of the current situation especially on technology, how technology has changed our elections,” Bautista said.