@LENTE_ph on Election offenses, detainee voting & Flying voters #juanvote #BarangayElections2013

A press release from the Legal Network for Truthful Elections (LENTE). It contains updates about the status of the elections including election offenses observed in various polling places.

With barely an hour to go before polls close at 3p.m., queues at regular polling centers continue to build up, even as reports of irregularities continue to come in. All Accessible Polling Places, which reported high turnout rates, have already closed without incident, except that some of the elderly complained of the small font used in the ballots. Almost all detainee voting centers also have already closed, with reports of unlawful intervention of incumbent barangay officials, shortage of ballots and undue influence of BJMP personnel.

Election Offenses

LENTE observers in Barangay Kapangian, Leyte and Barangay Calero, Mindoro, report the indiscriminate distribution of sample ballots, which constitutes illegal campaigning. As in Lambayong, Sultan Kudarat, minors were tapped to distribute flyers in Barangay Calero, Mindoro.

Acts of electioneering were likewise reported in Barangay D2, Borongan, Eastern Samar. In Albay, a barangay official was seen loitering and refused to leave the polling place. Incidents of vote-buying in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi and ballot-snatching in Tabuk, Basilan were likewise reported.

Detainee Voting

Polls in most provincial and city jails finished early and were mostly incident-free, except for reports of outdated Election Day Computerized Voters’ Lists (EDCVL), as the same continued to reflect the names of registered detainee voters who were already released. Voting in Dapitan and Sindangan City Jails have also finally begun, albeit belatedly. In Marinduque, some detainees were not allowed to vote because they had been declared to be judicially insane. It was also reported that certain BJMP personnel from the Butuan City Jail in Libertad coached some detainees who were casting their votes.

In Cotabato City Jail, it was reported that ballots had to be “improvised”, with bond paper being used by the COMELEC. Meanwhile in the Bicol region, an incumbent barangay official was seen talking with the warden inside the detainee polling precinct. Many detainee voters were not able to vote because the EDVCL already contained signatures and thumb marks.

Flying Voters

In Kidama, Maguindanao, voting was suspended because ballots had already run out, despite the fact that, as of 1:00 pm, several registered voters have yet to vote. In Quezon City and Las Pinas, Metro Manila, voters had similar complaints of being unable to vote because somebody else had already voted in their stead. In Centro East, Santiago City, Isabela, flying voters were reportedly arrested.

LENTE will continue to closely monitor the elections even after polls close. Violations of election law, such as electioneering, campaigning, denial of access to polling precincts and other forms of disenfranchisement may be reported to LENTE volunteers on the ground, or to the LENTE Helpdesk, through hotline numbers (02)403.22.49,  (0917)602.32.28 for Globe subscribers, and (0939)352.42.95 for Smart subscribers.

LENTE’s headquarters is stationed at Room 303, Ateneo Professional Schools, 20 Rockwell Drive, Rockwell Center,
Makati City, Metro Manila

Noemi Lardizabal-Dado is a Content Strategist with over 12 years experience in blogging, content management, citizen advocacy and media literacy and over 22 years in web development. Otherwise known as @MomBlogger on social media, she believes in making a difference in the lives of her children by advocating social change for social good.

She is a co-founder and a member of the editorial board of Blog Watch . She is a resource speaker on media literacy, social media , blogging, digital citizenship, good governance, transparency, parenting, women’s rights and wellness, and cyber safety.

Her personal blogs such as aboutmyrecovery.com (parenting) , pinoyfoodblog.com (recipes), techiegadgets.com (gadgets) and beautyoverfifty.net (lifestyle), benguetarabica.coffee keep her busy outside of Blog Watch.

Disclosure:

I am an advocate. I am NOT neutral. I will NOT give social media mileage to members of political clans, epal, a previous candidate for the same position and those I believe are a waste of taxpayers’ money.

I do not support or belong to any political party but I am a volunteer for senatorial candidate Neri Colmenares. I am also voting for #OtsoDiretso plus two :Neri Colmenares and Leody de Guzman

She was a Senior Consultant for ALL media engagements for the PCOO-led Committee on Media Affairs & Strategic Communications (CMASC) under the ASEAN 2017 National Organizing Council from January 4 -July 5, 2017. Having been an ASEAN advocate since 2011, she has written extensively about the benefits of the ASEAN community and as a region of opportunities on Blog Watch and aboutmyrecovery.com.

Organization affiliation includes Consortium on Democracy and Disinformation

Updated April 20, 2019

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