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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

Comelec 'surprised' over Namfrel rejection to be its citizen arm

May 03, 2019 - 7:28 PM

'Perhaps the thinking of the Namfrel council now is different from the past councils. But we will proceed, perhaps with another partner,' says Comelec Commissioner Luie Guia

POLL BODY. The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) office at the Palacio Del Gobernador in Intramuros, Manila. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler POLL BODY. The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) office at the Palacio Del Gobernador in Intramuros, Manila. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Namfrel rejects Comelec accreditation to become its citizen arm for May polls

May 03, 2019 - 5:05 PM

Namfrel Secretary General Eric Alvia says the group declined the poll body's accreditation after it did not get approval to access data it needed for open election data website

POLL WATCHDOG. Members of the National Citizens' Movement for Free Elections speak with reporters in a press conference. Photo from Namfrel Facebook page

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

Namfrel, PPCRV accredited as citizens' arms for barangay, SK elections 2018

May 07, 2018 - 5:00 PM

The National Citizens' Movement for Free Elections and the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting will serve as watchers in polling precincts, assist voters on election day, and help Comelec in its information and voter education drives

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

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

How many states should PH have under federalism?

Jul 12, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Advocates of federalism want to divide the country into 11 autonomous states

Infographic by Raffy de Guzman/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

Is Iglesia ni Cristo's bloc voting still strong in 2016?

May 22, 2016 - 7:00 PM

Recent scandals in the INC have cast doubt on the power of the church s bloc voting

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

Chinese dream turns sour for activists under Xi Jinping

Jul 10, 2014 - 12:15 PM

China s new leaders have taken aim at civil society in what analysts call an effort to muffle dissent that is proving powerfully effective

ON GUARD. A paramilitary police officer stands guard on Tiananmen Square before a press conference on the eve of the 18th Communist Party of China (CPC) Congress in Beijing, China, 07 November 2012. Diego Azubel/EPA

China puts anti-corruption protester on trial: lawyer

Jun 11, 2014 - 2:08 PM

Representatives from around 10 foreign countries attempt to observe the trial but are denied access

Anti-pork groups file 6th petition vs DAP

Oct 17, 2013 - 12:59 PM

Members of the AbolishPork movement ask SC to stop the implementation of DAP

Facade of the Supreme Court of the Philippines

#DearErap: Manila Day letters

Jun 24, 2013 - 7:52 AM

Traffic crime pollution and decaying heritage are some issues citizens write to Manila Mayor elect Joseph Estrada about

DEAR ERAP. Concerned citizens and Manila lovers write to the mayor-elect in honor of Manila Day, June 24

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

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

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

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