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Eleksyon 2013

Comelec to streamline electoral protest procedures

March 20, 2013 8:08pm

The Commission on Elections is now in the process of streamlining the procedures for electoral protests to make it less expensive and to shorten the time needed to resolve them.

“Nagdadraft na ako about two months ago pero hinihintay ko lang yung mga latest sa Supreme Court decisions,” poll chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. told reporters Wednesday.

He said one aspect that could be used to simplify the process is the picture image of the ballots.

“Makikita mo na ang key dito ay ang picture image which means you don’t have to bring the ballots anymore. Malaking bagay yun kasi you save on expenses, ang gastos ng mga nagpoprotesta ay yung pagdadala dito ng mga ballot box, revision, iisa-isahin yung balota,” he said.

“We can dispense with that. This can change the entire process of the electoral protest, revision of ballots,” Brillantes added.

However, he refused to give other details on the procedural changes, but assured that the resolution will be issued before the May 13 elections.

”Hindi ko pa sasabihin baka malaman nung mga ano…Wag muna, pahirapan muna natin sila mag-isip anyway malayo pa yun, that is post election,” Brillantes said.

Electoral protests in the country usually take years to be resolved. Recently, the Supreme Court issued decisions on electoral protests filed in 2010.

Voting 8-7, the SC upheld a Comelec ruling nullifying the the victory of Emmanuel Maliksi in the 2010 elections and declaring Homer Saquilayan as the duly elected mayor of the Imus City in Cavite.

Also, the High Tribunal on Tuesday unseated Lucy Torres-Gomez as congresswoman of the fourth district of Leyte province based on the quo warranto case filed Silverio Tagolino, who lost to former in the May 2010 polls. — DVM, GMA News
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