Comelec seeks to avoid ‘dirty’ elections

By Jelanie Rose T. Elvinia

As part of their campaign for honest elections, the Silliman University Student Government Committee on Elections (Comelec) has reinforced measures that will ensure clean elections this Wednesday.

Comelec chair Jethro Jed Cadiz said they have provided rules and secured poll watchers from both the CAUSE and SURE parties to safeguard existing election policies.

“Well, [cheating] is not a remote possibility but I still hope there’s none,” he said.

According to Cadiz, they have formulated rules that will require candidates to observe proper conduct during submission of certificates of candidacy (COCs), meeting with parties and the elections itself.

He added that one of their “biggest problems” this year is the insufficient P15,000 budget they got compared to the more “substantial” one of around P50,000 last year.

“The Comelec cannot function well with that small budget. We will be paralyzed,” he said.

Cadiz also said some of the problems they encountered include accommodating some candidates’ who filed their COCs late and having to deal with “a lot of complaints” from parties.

During the campaign period, he said the committee received complaints of violations and answered questions raised by parties.
Cadiz said

they are ready for the elections as they have finished preparing the ballots and the boxes as well as asked permission from the various deans to use their colleges as precincts.

Elections will start at 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. for all colleges except the College of Law which will be open at 2 p.m. until 6 p.m.

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