Comelec starts prep for 2016 polls
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has already started preparing for the May 2016 presidential elections.
Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes said they want to start as early as now so they will have more time to prepare and fix the problems that they usually encounter during elections.
“Yun ang hindi ko nagawa nung 2013 e. Nawalan kami ng preparation. Nagkulang kami (sa time). Maraming gulo, maraming asuntong inakyat, maraming ingay [I was not able to do that in 2013. We did not have any preparation. We lack time. There was chaos, and noise],” he said in an interview.
“I hope we will be able to solve all these problems (by 2016),” added Brillantes.
He said this is in preparation for his and two other commissioners retirement in 2015.
Brillantes as well as Commissioners Lucenito Tagle and Elias Yusoph are set to retire in February 2015.
“Ganun kami ngayon kaaga kasi [We started early because] this is in anticipation of what we intend to do although it will still be with the cooperation of the three of us who will be retiring in February 2015 and the new commissioners who will be running the elections,” he said in his speech during yesterday’s awarding of the Comelec’s election partners in the 2013 Barangay polls.
“They already have a dry run. The young commissioners took care of the barangay elections and it was a more successful one…walang maraming isyu sa barangay hindi gaya nung sa May na marami. Hanggang ngayon may mga nag-iingay pa [There's little issues in barangays unlike in May when there were many. Until now, there's still noise],” Brillantes added.
The poll chief also took the opportunity to appeal to their election partners to continue helping the commission as they prepare again for another elections.
“Again we will beg the indulgence of our friends and the external stakeholders to please keep on remaining beside us for the 2016 elections,” said Brillantes.
Among those given plaque of recognition by the Comelec Monday were the Department of Education (DepEd), Philippine National Police (PNP), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), Bureau of Corrections, Commission on Human Rights (CHR), Philippine Postal Corporation (PhilPost), Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), Legal Network for Truthful Elections (LENTE), International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), SM Malls and some media outifts.
“The commendation is given as a manifestation of the Commission’s deep gratitude to our partners for their valuable support resulting to the success of the 2013 Barangay Elections,” Brillantes said.
The awarding ceremony was held at the BTR Convention Hall of Palacio Del Gobernador in Intramuros.