Friday, January 15, 2016

ELECTION GUIDE (MAY 2016)

CALENDAR OF ACTIVITIES & PROHIBITED ACTS


To be able to assist our voting public that they be guided in the exercise of their right of suffrage responsibly and meaningfully we are publishing herewith a summary of the Calendar of Activities and Prohibited Acts relative to the May 09, 2016 National and Local Elections. Information that will educate every stakeholder or participant in the election to ensure a transparent, orderly, honest, peaceful, clean and credible conduct of elections.
January 10 to June 8, 2016 is the Election Period. Prohibited acts include the transfer of officers and employees in the civil service under Batas Pambansa Blg. 881 otherwise known as the Omnibus Election Code including the bearing, carrying or transporting firearms or other deadly weapons unless authorized in writing by the Commission on Elections. During this period it is also prohibited the use of security personnel or bodyguards by candidates unless authorized by the COMELEC. Likewise, organization or maintenance of reaction forces, strike forces or other similar forces and the suspension of elective local officials are prohibited.
February 9 to May 7, 2016 will be the campaign period for national candidates, President, Vice President, Senator and Party List groups participating in the party-list system of representation. Certified List of Voters will be posted on February 9. From February 9 to May 9, 2016, giving of donations or gifts in cash or in kind including the appointment or use of special policemen, confidential agents and the like are prohibited. March 7, 2016 will be the last day to file application to avail of local absentee voting and on March 10 isy the last day for the Committee on Local Absentee Voting (CLAV) to receive application forms for local absentee voting. March 25 to May 7, 2016 will be the campaign period for local candidates, Members of the House of Representatives and elective Regional, Provincial, City and Municipal officials. Campaigning is prohibited on March 24 and March 25 which are Holy Thursday and Good Friday respectively.    
From March 25 to May 8, 2016 it is unlawful for the appointment or hiring of new employees, creation or filling up of new positions, promotion or giving salary increases, remuneration or privileges including the construction of public works, delivery of materials for public works and issuance of treasury warrants or similar devises for a future undertaking chargeable against public funds and the release, disbursement or expenditures of public funds.
April 9, to May 9, 2016 will be the casting of voters by overseas absentee voters (OAV) and campaigning abroad is prohibited. April 15, 2017 is the last day to verify whether the applicant for local absentee voting (LAV) is eligible to vote as Local Absentee Voter. May 2 to May 6, 2016  will be the period of Testing and Sealing of the Optical Mark Reader (OMR) or Vote Counting Machine (VCM). Usually, this is being done at the polling precincts by the members of the Board of Election Inspectors (BEI) where candidate and political party representatives or watchers must be present together with NGOs, CVOs and other election stakeholders. On the eve of May 8, 2016 until Election Day on May 9, campaigning is prohibited. Meaning distribution of sample ballots, soliciting votes or undertaking any propaganda for or against any candidate or any political party within the polling place or within 30 meters thereof is prohibited. Likewise the selling, furnishing, offering, buying, serving or taking intoxicating liquor and the giving, accepting, free transportation, food or drinks or things of value. Opening of booths or stalls for the sale of merchandise or refreshments within the radius of 30 meters from the polling place and the holding of fairs, cockfights, boxing, horse racing or any form of gambling is prohibited. May 9, 2016 is Election Day for the Casting of Votes and thereafter the counting and consolidation of votes and the transmission of the election result thereof.  
On May 13 to May 15 will be the Canvass of the result and the Proclamation of the winners for Senatorial, Congressional, Party-List, Regional and Provincial elections. June 8, 2016 is the last day to file the Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCEs) of every candidate who participated in the election at the offices of the Commission on Elections where their Certificate of Candidacy (CoCs) was filed.

VOTERS' PLEDGE

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)

SOURCE: NAMFREL