Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Board of Election Inspectors (BEI)

Member of the Board of Election Inspectors must be aware of the following:

Acts Constituting Election Offense.

  • Deliberate absence on Election Day for the purpose of obstructing or delaying the performance of its duties or functions.
  • Refusal to sign and certify, without justifiable reason, any required election forms.
  • Acceptance of an appointment to the BEI, and actually serving as a member thereof, although he or she is ineligible.
  • Deliberate omission to read the vote duly written on the ballot, or misreading the vote actually written thereon or reading the name of a candidate where no name is written on the ballot.
  • Deliberate failure to record a vote, or records erroneously the vote as read, or records a vote where no such vote has been read by the Chairman.
  • Making it possible for the casting of more votes than there are registered voters.
  • Opening or destroying the ballot box or removing or destroying its contents without or against the order of the Commission on Elections.
  • Enabling, through negligence, any person to open and destroy the ballot box or remove and destroy its contents against the order of the Commission on Elections.
  • Knowingly using ballots other than the official ballots.
  • Neglecting or failing to properly preserve or account any ballot box, documents and forms received by him/her and kept under his/her custody.
  • Revealing the contents of the ballot of an illiterate or disabled voter whom he assisted in preparing a ballot.
  • Transferring, without authority, the location of a polling place.
  • Violation, through any act, means or device, of the integrity of any official ballot or election returns before or after they are used in the election.
  • Engaging artisan political activity.
  • Delay in the decision on all matters raised before the Board of Election Inspectors.
  • Violation of the rules in the observance of the voting hours and the procedures on voting, from the arrival of the voter at the polling place up to the actual casting of the ballots.
  • Failure to record challenges and oaths relating to the challenges against the qualifications of voters and to keep said records.
  • Failure to accomplish the Minutes of Voting and Counting of Votes.
  • Failure to properly dispose the unused ballots.
  • Premature announcement of result of voting.
  • Violation of the rule that counting shall be public and without interruption.
  • Violation of the rules on the handling of excess marked and spoiled ballots.
  • Violation of the rules on the proper counting of votes, which includes, reading of the votes, tallying of votes in the election returns and in the Tally Board, and the accomplishment of the data in the election returns.
  • Violation of the rules on the alteration and correction of entries in the election returns.
  • Failure to issue certificate of votes to duly accredited watchers.
  • Violation of the rules on the distribution of Election Returns, and in the disposition of Ballot Boxes and the other election supplies and their delivery to the proper office or person.
  • Tampering, increasing or decreasing correct votes. 
  • Refusing, after proper verification and hearing, to credit the correct votes or deduct such tampered votes. 

(Conviction of a charge for election offense is punishable by one (1) to six (6) years of imprisonment.)


I am a Responsible and Principled Citizen.

I will educate myself and others about the issues at hand so that my vote is a meaningful and relevant exercise of my right of suffrage.

I pledge to vote for candidates who will abide by the duly constituted rules on campaigning because I understand that those who refuse to obey the law in the little things are not likely to obey the law in the more important things;

I pledge to vote for candidates who, by word and action, renounce violence, coercion, vote-buying, and corruption as means for getting elected;

I pledge to vote for the candidates who listen to their constituents and are responsive to the needs and aspirations of those they seek to represent;

I pledge to vote as my conscience dictates in all elections.

I make these promises freely and upon my honor.

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