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October 1, 2012
Odiongan, Romblon

EARLY BIRDS

Among the early birds who filed Certificate of Candidacy for the coming May 13, 2013 Automated Sychronized National, Local and ARMM Elections is former Sangguniang Bayan member Virgilio "Virgie" Maulion of  the Municipality of Odiongan, Province of Romblon. 

At 9:50am he filed his Certificate of Candidacy before Comelec Officer Rey G. Fabella at the Office of the Commission on Elections located at the ground floor of the municipal building.

He decided to come early as he has previous commitment to be attended to outside the Province, he said.

Maulion is seeking to be elected for a position of Sangguniang Bayan member running under the Nationalista Party.


ARMM REGISTRATION TURN-OUT


88.08% TURN OUT

The recently concluded 2012 ARMM General Registration of Voters netted a total of 1,566,795 Comprising an 88.08 percentage of registration turn out in the entire Region.

ARMM
TOTAL NUMBER OF REGISTRANTS/APPLICATION RECEIVED ON JULY 8-19, 2012
PERCENTAGE
BASILAN
152,170
84.63%
LANAO DEL SUR
439,189
84.07%
MAGUINDANAO
537,335
94.69%
SULU
302,175
88.48%
TAWI-TAWI
135,926
81.10%

June 22, 2012
REGISTRATION REVALIDATION

The Commission on Elections is urging registered voters to revalidate their registration early as possible to avoid the deadline. We appeal to all registered voters to visit COMELEC offices in their respective municipalities early to avoid the rush and overcrowding come deadline set on October 31, 2012. Only registrations revalidated or registered in the Voters’ Registration Machine (VRM) will be included in the computerized voters’ list and names not in the computerized voters’ list will not be allowed to vote on May 2013 election.

UNITED NATIONALIST ALLIANCE

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has approved the application of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) as an official political coalition in the May 2013 National and Local elections. Comelec had noted that UNA met all the requirements laid down by the Omnibus Election Code and the Comelec Rules of Procedure. “UNA possesses all the qualifications and none of the disqualifications under the law,” Comelec said.  UNA is the coalition of political parties of former President Joseph E. Estrada and Vice President Jejomar Binay.

COMELEC CANCELS PWD VOTERS REGISTRATION for ARMM listing 

Comelec Resolution No. 9443 suspended all ongoing registrations, validation of registration records from June 25 to July 31, including the National Special Registration for PWDs originally planned for July 21. The country marks the 34th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week from July 17 to 23. According to Atty. Percival Mendoza, Provincial Election Supervisor for the province of Romblon, the suspension is in effect in the province since many of its personnel will be deployed in the general registration of voters in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

The Comelec will be holding a general registration of voters in ARMM from July 9 to 18. It said it would transfer personnel and biometrics machines from non-ARMM areas to the registration centers in the five ARMM provinces: Lanao Del Sur, Maguindanao, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi.

RANDOM LISTS OF PARTY-LIST for the May 13, 2013 Elections

 Despite the opposition aired by party-list house members Neri Javier Colmenares (Bayan-Muna), Swerwin Tugna (Cibac), Carol Jane Lopez (Yacap) and Emmeline Aglipay (DIWA) Comelec Chairman Sixto S. Brillantes is firm in poll body's plan to raffle slots in the ballot for the party-lists groups names in the May 13, 2013 National and Local  Elections rather than the previous alphabetical listings. "We came out with the resolution and now, anybody can just question it before the Supreme Court," Chairman Brillantes said.


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