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Postponed barangay, SK polls deprive voters of right to choose officials – Namfrel

Dec 04, 2019 - 6:28 PM

Election watchdog National Citizens' Movement for Free Elections hits the postponement of local polls once more as barangay officials will now serve for a term of 5 years instead of 2

RIGHT TO CHOOSE. Election watchdog Namfrel says postponing the barangay and Sannguniang Kabataan elections deprives voters of their right to choose local leaders regularly. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Namfrel hits Comelec for 'preventable' mishaps in 2019 polls

May 19, 2019 - 3:10 PM

'Budget allocation for Philippine elections is always adequate.... The preparations are guided by an election calendar. As the young people would say, 'Anyare?'" asks Namfrel

PRELIMINARY FINDINGS. Namfrel National Council members discuss the poll watchdog's initial assessment of the 2019 Philippine elections on Saturday, May 18. Photo by Samantha Bagayas/Rappler

Comelec says Namfrel aware of transmission router

May 17, 2019 - 9:43 PM

Commission on Elections Spokesman James Jimenez says Namfrel was in the meeting where this was approved unanimously

TRANSMISSION ROUTER. Commission on Elections Spokesman James Jimenez in a press conference on May 17, 2019, shows the media the minutes of the meeting on the transmission routers for the May 13 elections. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Namfrel concerned over election violence, irregularities

May 13, 2019 - 11:40 PM

Various problems were reported by the poll watchdog, which has over 25,000 volunteers nationwide.

Board of Election canvassers print election returns as the poll closes in Araullo High School, Manila. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Namfrel asks Comelec to accredit proposed open election data website

Apr 25, 2019 - 8:37 PM

Poll watchdog Namfrel also receives accreditation as Comelec's citizens' arm for the conduct of the random manual audit in the 2019 elections

POLL WATCHDOG. The National Citizens' Movement for Free Elections speaks with reporters in a press conference on April 25, 2019. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

Marawi City votes in special barangay, SK elections

Sep 22, 2018 - 5:33 PM

(UPDATED) Election watchdogs report irregularities and a few poll-related incidents in some areas in the conduct of the village and youth council polls

MARAWI POLLS. Election watchdog Namfrel monitors the conduct of the special barangay and SK elections in Marawi City on September 22, 2018. Photo from Namfrel's Facebook page

Nene Pimentel, IBP, Namfrel reject no-election scenario in May 2019

Mar 13, 2018 - 5:55 PM

'The principal effect of a no-election scenario would be to upset the constitutional mandate that requires elective officials to be subjected to periodic check by the sovereign people,' says former Senate president Aquilino Pimentel Jr

Tensions flare as lawmakers rush to approve barangay poll postponement

Mar 12, 2018 - 8:44 PM

'Ang kapal ng mukha 'nyo para sabihin na hindi self-serving ang proposal,' a lawmaker tells a panelist supporting the bid to postpone the barangay polls again

TENSION IN THE HOUSE. Opposition lawmaker Antonio Tinio slams Liga ng Barangay president Edmund Abesamis as 'thick faced' in a House hearing on March 12, 2018, about proposals to postpone the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections for the 3rd time. Screenshot from Rappler video

Roque refutes Drilon, says barangay polls will push through

Feb 26, 2018 - 7:45 PM

'Strange' is how Malacañang describes the claim of Senate Minority Leader Drilon that administration lawmakers want the barangay and SK polls postponed again

BARANGAY POLLS. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says the barangay and SK elections will push through as far as Congress is concerned. File photo by Rappler

Namfrel to Congress: Don't postpone barangay, SK polls again

Feb 13, 2018 - 5:16 PM

Namfrel warns that a 3rd postponement of the barangay and SK elections 'brings about a sense of caution and instability' among village officials

BARANGAY POLLS. Election watchdog Namfrel urges Congress not to postpone the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections again. File photo by Rappler

Namfrel: Higher voter confidence, turnout in 2016 polls

May 25, 2016 - 6:50 PM

In its assessment the poll watchdog says the 2016 polls was better managed compared to the 2010 and 2013 automated elections

HIGH TURNOUT. Filipinos looks for their names on the voters list inside a public school turned into a polling precinct in in Makati city, south of Manila, Philippines, 09 May 2016. Photo by Mark Cristino/EPA

2016 elections random manual audit report out soon

May 16, 2016 - 8:31 PM

Results of the manual audit of poll results from 715 randomly selected clustered precincts will undergo verification starting Tuesday says a Namfrel official

ELECTION DAY. Filipinos cast their votes during election day in Davao City on May 9, 2016. EPA/RITCHIE B. TONGO

Poll watchdogs prepare for final stretch of 2016 elections

May 04, 2016 - 12:30 PM

Want to volunteer for the 2016 elections? Check out what poll watchdogs are doing and how you can help

Filipino youth to tackle SDGs, voter education

Apr 29, 2016 - 6:01 PM

Join Youth Vote Philippines and the United Nations Population Fund on Saturday April 30 at SM Aura in Taguig City

Namfrel 'apprehensive' over potential poll delays

Apr 04, 2016 - 3:28 PM

Namfrel says possible causes of delay include the bidding for thermal paper to be used in printing voting receipts

CONCERNED. The Namfrel press conference at the Dusit Thani Hotel, April 4, 2016. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel/Rappler

Billions of pesos spent on 'pre-campaign' ads

Mar 10, 2016 - 8:56 PM

Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago is the sole presidential bet who did not spend hundreds of millions of pesos on pre campaign ads

'Are we safe here?' The night Cory Aquino hid in Cebu

Feb 22, 2016 - 7:00 AM

Carmelite sisters recall how they helped protect the country s first female president and ultimately restore Philippine democracy 30 years ago

THEY HELPED CORY. (From left to right) Mother Aimee, Mother Ilaya, Mother Marietta. Photo by Ryan Macasero/Rappler

Some candidates dishonest in campaign spending – poll watchdogs

Feb 02, 2016 - 7:49 PM

Eric Alvia of Namfrel says that to set a level playing field among all candidates we should look at state funding admittedly a difficult push

Ex-SGV chair is new Namfrel chairman

Jul 31, 2015 - 9:00 PM

David Balangue is expected to steer the election watchdog s engagement in the 2016 national and local elections

Photo from Namfrel Facebook page

Filipino elected chair of election monitors int’l network

Jul 04, 2015 - 2:31 PM

The Global Network of Domestic Election Monitors elects Damaso Magbual during their second organizational meeting in South Africa

NEWLY APPOINTED. Damaso is also the current chairman of the Asian Network of Free Elections. Photo from NAMFREL

60-30-10? Regional votes don't support it

May 23, 2013 - 10:09 PM

Individual votes of candidates as well as aggregate votes for each slate vary from region to region But when results converge at national average they reflect the sentiment of the country favoring Team PNoy

Bro Eddie: Create elections truth commission

May 22, 2013 - 10:07 PM

Villanueva calls for the creation of an elections truth commission to investigate irregularities in this year s automated elections

70 precincts post 100% turnout, mostly in ARMM

May 18, 2013 - 6:00 PM

The introduction of automation there has not prevented election operators from making a mockery of the electoral exercise

Namfrel: Slow transmission might lead to cheating

May 15, 2013 - 9:20 PM

Poll watchdog points out that a huge number of unreported election results are from the ARMM which is historically the capital of cheating

Namfrel: 2013 polls peaceful, organized

May 13, 2013 - 11:35 PM

The National Citizens Movement for Free Elections Namfrel thanked the Filipino people for a generally peaceful and organized midterm elections

Namfrel to Comelec: Act on vote buying

May 10, 2013 - 6:17 AM

Election watchdog Namfrel urges Comelec to take the lead in pursuing mechanisms against vote buying

Comelec orders re-inventory of CDO election materials

May 07, 2013 - 2:16 PM

After allegations against city hall employees Comelec orders a re inventory of election materials to clear all doubts

#PHvote quotes: Mother Lily and a singer's tears

Apr 27, 2013 - 10:45 AM

Movie producer endorses president for 2016 singer cries over Comelec ruling and more

PPCRV gets foreign funding, violates election law?

Apr 26, 2013 - 3:39 PM

PPCRV received more than P5 million from an international organization for its volunteers T shirts in 2010 but stresses it came with no strings attached

FOREIGN FUNDING. In receiving donation from the Asia Foundation, did the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting violated a condition for its accreditation as citizens' arm? Photo by John Javellana

Brillantes hits citizens' arm: 'Don't punch poll body'

Apr 26, 2013 - 3:12 PM

Poll chief Sixto Brillantes Jr hits Namfrel for publicly criticizing Comelec

Politicized bishops putting PPCRV in a bind

Apr 14, 2013 - 8:00 AM

Bishops serve as de facto chairpersons of the election watchdog in the provinces The active campaigning of some against certain candidates casts doubt on the PPCRV s non partisan status

Catholic bishops split over PPCRV

Apr 06, 2013 - 7:00 AM

Bishops are divided on whether to continue supporting the watchdog which they think has grown cozy with Comelec and Smartmatic

Namfrel 'watchdogs:' roving, mobile

Mar 02, 2013 - 9:17 PM

Namfrel pursues a holistic approach in ensuring fair elections for 2013

Moro watchdog gets Comelec nod

Feb 20, 2013 - 4:34 PM

The newly accredited group will guard the ARMM elections when it is for the first time synchronized with national and other local polls

Cagayanons take 5 minutes to vote in mock polls

Feb 02, 2013 - 5:02 PM

Casting votes was quick but Comelec watchdogs have to work on higher turnout re orienting poll clerks and ensuring reliable signals for results transmission

Comelec OKs Protestant group as watchdog

Jan 30, 2013 - 7:49 PM

One Vote a coalition of mostly Protestant groups will have access to voters lists machine tests and election returns

Namfrel back as Comelec arm

Nov 26, 2012 - 1:08 PM

Comelec is set to accredit Namfrel as its citizens arm for the 2013 polls with the poll watchdog expected to cooperate with its supposed rival PPCRV

PPCRV is Comelec citizens' arm

Nov 23, 2012 - 2:33 PM

A group seen as PPCRV s rival – Namfrel – meanwhile has a pending petition before the Comelec to accredit it too as official watchdog

No PCOS test, no pay - Comelec

Jun 25, 2012 - 5:22 PM

Comelec Chair Sixto Brillantes explains that at a rate of 3 500 machines being repaired and checked in a day the whole inspection could be over in just 2 3 weeks