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Sri Lanka election chief censors state TV ahead of polls

Nov 03, 2019 - 4:20 PM

This comes after the Independent Television Network aired a program that the election commission says had harmed the opposition frontrunner, who is also the brother of ex-president Mahinda Rajapakse

Lente vows to be 'independent' despite Comelec partnership

May 12, 2019 - 9:54 PM

'We stepped in despite the two weeks notice because it has a vital purpose in our elections,' says Lente executive director Ona Caritos

MACHINE TESTING. Teachers serving as election inspectors conduct the final testing of vote-counting machines at Araullo High School in Manila on May 8, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Cagayan de Oro Mayor Moreno slams 'fake news' on disqualification

May 11, 2019 - 1:51 PM

The Commission on Elections division handing the disqualification case against reelectionist Mayor Oscar Moreno says the supposed resolution circulating online is 'fake'

Photo by Bobby Lagsa

After last-minute glitches, Comelec precinct finder ready for voters

May 10, 2019 - 3:07 PM

(UPDATED) Before the launch of the poll body's precinct finder voters said the online platform showed inaccurate information

VOTER REGISTRATION. Registered voters report being listed as "deactivated" on the now-suspended Comelec precinct finder days before the May 2019 elections. Photo by Darren Langit/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

Thai court to hear case against party behind princess political bid

Feb 14, 2019 - 10:27 PM

Party officials fear the case is being hustled through ahead of the March 24 election, which is already stacked in favor of the ruling junta, whose leader Prayut Chan-O-Cha wants to return as a civilian premier

THAI ELECTIONS. In this file photo, an official of Raksa Chart party holds the registration document bearing the photograph of Thai Princess Ubolratana prior to submitting to election commission officials in Bangkok on February 8, 2019. File photo by Krit Phromsakla Na Sakolnakorn / Thai News Pix/AFP

Thai party leader contrite after rebuke for princess' PM candidacy

Feb 12, 2019 - 11:26 PM

'Above us is His Majesty and the monarchy,' Preechaphol Pongpanit tells reporters at the party's headquarters

THAI POLITICS. Thai Raksa Chart party leader Preechaphol Pongpanit makes the traditional Thai gesture of respect while speaking to journalists on arrival at the party headquarters in Bangkok on February 12, 2019. Photo By Krit Phromsakla Na Sakolnakorn/Thai News Pix/AFP

Thai princess disqualified from list of candidates for PM

Feb 11, 2019 - 5:35 PM

The Election Commission says it has excluded Princess Ubolratana 'because all royal family members are above politics'

POLITICS. This file photo shows Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya of Thailand speading during a Q&A session before the screening of 'Where the Miracle Happens' as part of the Thai Film Festival at Arclight Cinema on January 25, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. File photo by Kristian Dowling/Getty Images/AFP

LIST: Party-list groups seeking to join 2019 polls

Jan 26, 2019 - 3:43 PM

(UPDATED) 134 party-list groups will vie for 59 seats in the House of Representatives

COMELEC. The Commission on Elections building in Manila. File photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

LIST: Senatorial candidates for 2019 polls

Jan 26, 2019 - 10:38 AM

(4th UPDATE) The Comelec releases a list of 62 senatorial candidates in the May 13 midterm elections

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

Daraga, Cotabato placed under Comelec control

Jan 15, 2019 - 6:15 PM

The two areas will remain under the control of the Commission on Elections until the end of the election period

Policemen conduct COMELEC check point in Binondo, Manila on January 14, 2019. four months ahead of the midterm polls. Anationwide gun ban also take effect until June 12, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

DRC opposition chief wins vote as rival, church cry foul

Jan 10, 2019 - 1:12 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Election officials name Felix Tshisekedi, son of the country's long-term opposition leader, provisional winner of the troubled vote to replace President Joseph Kabila

WINNER. Presidential candidate Felix Tshisekedi leaves after a meeting between CENI, SADC and other presidential candidates in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo on December 29, 2018, one day ahead of the General Elections. File photo by Luis Tato/AFP

Afghan presidential election delayed until July 20

Dec 31, 2018 - 12:05 AM

The presidential ballot is originally scheduled for April 20, which many observers had considered unrealistic

Comelec vows fair play in polls amid Bong Go issue

Oct 17, 2018 - 8:05 PM

'We trust that those who are currently in the administration will respect the authority of the Comelec,' says elections spokesperson James Jimenez

DUTERTE AIDE. Special Assistant to the President Christopher 'Bong' Go files his candidacy for senator at the Commission on Elections in Manila on October 15, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

James Jimenez resigns as point person for election source code review

Oct 15, 2018 - 1:07 PM

Elections spokesman James Jimenez takes responsibility for a university launch of the project where the image of an actress in a bathing suit was flashed onscreen

Bets in narco list? Comelec stresses need for due process

Oct 12, 2018 - 6:54 PM

Being on the narco list should not automatically mean disqualification, says Commission on Elections Chairman Sheriff Abas

NO DQ YET. File photo of Comelec Chairman Sheriff Abas. Photo by Angie de Silva

Thailand eases 4-year-old ban on political activities

Sep 14, 2018 - 9:29 PM

Parties will now be permitted to elect their leaders, recruit new members and hold general party meetings if they are able to summon at least 250 members. However, campaigning – including holding public gatherings – is still forbidden.

Pakistan election body rejects 'rigging' accusations

Jul 26, 2018 - 1:32 PM

The incumbent Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz party flat out rejects the pending results of the election on July 25, citing 'outright rigging' and accusing officials of preventing its representatives from overseeing the count

AFTER ELECTIONS. A Pakistani resident looks at morning newspapers at a stall a day after the general election in Islamabad on July 26, 2018. Photo by Aamir Qureshi/AFP

CA confirms Comelec Commissioner Socorro Inting

May 30, 2018 - 12:29 PM

(UPDATED) Newly confirmed Comelec Commissioner Socorro Inting is a former associate justice of the Court of Appeals

POLL COMMISSIONER. Comelec Commissioner Socorro Inting faces the Commission on Appointments on May 29, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

CA confirms Sheriff Abas as Comelec chair

May 23, 2018 - 1:25 PM

(UPDATED) Incoming Commission on Elections Chairman Sheriff Abas will become the Philippines' youngest, first Mindanaoan, and first Muslim elections chief

CONFIRMATION HEARING. Poll commissioner Sheriff Abas faces the Commission on Appointments (CA) for his confirmation hearing on May 23, 2018, as Commission on Elections (Comelec) chair. Photo by Angie de Silva

Comelec suspends proclamation of barangay, SK winners in 3 Bicol provinces

May 17, 2018 - 7:34 PM

Assistant Regional Director Romeo Serrano says these 7 winning candidates are from the provinces of Albay, Camarines Sur, and Catanduanes

Comelec won’t proclaim winning but unqualified barangay, SK bets

May 14, 2018 - 5:18 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The proclamation of 639 candidates has been suspended either because they were overaged or failed to meet residency requirements

BARANGAY, SK POLLS. Filipinos cast their votes at Pio del Pilar Elementary School in Makati City on May 14, 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

PNP activates task force to closely watch election hotspot Masbate

Apr 25, 2018 - 10:40 AM

PNP Bicol reports that since January there have been 50 election-related shooting incidents since January in Masbate

Robredo appeals to PET to apply 25% shading threshold

Apr 19, 2018 - 12:25 PM

(UPDATED) Vice President Leni Robredo files an urgent motion for reconsideration after the Presidential Electoral Tribunal earlier scrapped the 25% threshold

Vice President Leni Robredo went to the Supreme Court in Manila on Thursday, April 19, 2018, accompanying her lawyers, Romulo Macalintal and Maria Bernadette Sardillo, as they filed a motion for reconsideration over the Presidential Electoral Tribunal's decision to implement a 50-percent threshold percentage in the ongoing recount, for the electoral protest filed against her by Bongbong Marcos. In their motion, Macalintal, a veteran election lawyer, asked the Tribunal to reverse its earlier decision and instead observe the 25-percent threshold percentage set the Comelec for the 2016 elections. After the filing, VP Robredo addressed hundreds of her supporters outside the SC building. (Photos by OVP)

[OPINION] Debunking Sotto's election fraud claims

Mar 17, 2018 - 9:43 AM

Electoral fraud is about increasing or decreasing the votes received by a candidate such that a losing candidate is made to appear the winner. Senator Sotto has failed to show proofs such happened.

Sereno hints at opposition to Charter Change

Mar 07, 2018 - 2:18 PM

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno rallies support for the constitutional bodies facing threats of either abolition or dilution under Cha-Cha proposals

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno speaks a forum during 'Laban ng Kababaihan, Laban ng Bayan', at St. Scholastica College in Manila for celebration of International Women's day on March 07, 2018. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

[OPINION] What Bongbong Marcos should understand about ballot images

Feb 01, 2018 - 9:00 AM

The 'shocking' evidence of cheating presented by the losing vice presidential candidate are actually new features on the ballot introduced in 2016

Russia's top court upholds election ban on opposition leader

Dec 30, 2017 - 9:19 PM

Alexei Navalny's campaign team will ask the Supreme Court to reconsider its decision and will also file a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights

BARRED. Alexei Navalny had been nominated to run against Vladimir Putin in the 2018 Russian elections before he was barred by the election commission. File photo

Russia election commission bars Navalny presidential bid

Dec 25, 2017 - 10:45 PM

(UPDATED) The commission cites Alexei Navalny's conviction of embezzlement

Demand accountability for the postponement of barangay election

Oct 07, 2017 - 10:00 AM

After having spent an estimated P700 million for the preparations, what is the practical value of moving the elections, at the last minute, to 7 months after?

Comelec postpones barangay, SK polls in Mindanao

Sep 05, 2017 - 5:05 PM

The poll body cites threats to the safety of voters in Mindanao which President Rodrigo Duterte placed under martial law due to clashes in Marawi City

POLL BODY. Members of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) attend a budget hearing at the House of Representatives on August 24, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Comelec chief on impeachment complaint: 'Mukhang kakayanin'

Aug 29, 2017 - 4:35 PM

Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista says he can explain the allegations against him in an impeachment complaint filed at the House of Representatives

FACING CONTROVERSIES. Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista poses with Comelec employees who showed him their support on August 10, 2017, as he faces controversies including an impeachment complaint. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Ex-Bohol mayor sued at Comelec for media work during election season

Aug 29, 2017 - 7:41 AM

Former Tagbilaran City mayor Dan Neri Lim is accused of working as a radio host while at the same time being a candidate for congressman

DOUBLE DUTY? Former Tagbilaran City mayor Dan Neri Lim is accused of working as a radio host while running for congressman in the previous election season. File photo

House committee oks bill postponing barangay elections

Aug 14, 2017 - 5:36 PM

During its first hearing on the move to postpone the barangay elections yet again, the House committee on suffrage and electoral reforms approves the measure 19-2

POSTPONED AGAIN? The Commission on Elections and local barangay officials attend a hearing on the proposed postponement of the barangay elections to May 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Are we postponing barangay and SK elections or not? P500M is at stake

Aug 02, 2017 - 8:02 PM

If Congress decides this at the last minute, we risk tossing down the drain about a billion pesos Comelec shall have spent on the preparations

Bautista richest, Gascon poorest among heads of constitutional bodies

May 18, 2017 - 8:01 PM

The Comelec and CHR chiefs net worth as well as that of the Ombudsman and chairpersons of COA and CSC all increase in 2016

Comelec complying to ensure no data breach in barangay elections – NPC

Mar 28, 2017 - 2:55 PM

The National Privacy Commission is optimistic the Comelec can pull off barangay elections in October with no data leak despite major breaches in 2016

PROMISE OF PRIVACY. NPC Commissioner Raymund Liboro gives updates on measures taken by Comelec to ensure no data breach in future elections. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

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Aug 29, 2016 - 12:03 PM

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LOOK: Senate panel recommends postponement of barangay, SK polls

Aug 29, 2016 - 8:13 AM

17 senators have so far signed the committee report recommending the postponement of the elections from October 31 2016 to October 30 2017

File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Poll chief on 'whistleblowers': 'Bakit ngayon lang?'

May 31, 2016 - 10:49 AM

Too late the hero Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista says after 3 self proclaimed whistleblowers surfaced to allege election fraud

ELECTIONS CHIEF. Commission on Elections Chairman Andres Bautista questions the 3 self-proclaimed whistleblowers presented by Pastor 'Boy' Saycon at the Senate. File photo by Comelec EID

Comelec’s Abas confirmed by Commission on Appointments

May 25, 2016 - 2:28 PM

The Commission on Appointments confirms Comelec Commissioner Sheriff Abas along with COA Commissioner Isabel Dasalla Agito

FINALLY CONFIRMED. Commission on Elections Commissioner Sheriff Abas on May 25, 2016, gets the nod of the Commission on Appointments. Photo courtesy of Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon

Ex-Comelec chair Brillantes takes low-key role for Marcos Jr

May 23, 2016 - 5:19 PM

Insiders say Sixto Brillantes Jr and some people in Marcos camp do not agree on the issue of possible cheating with the unofficial results transmitted from the vote counting machines

EX-POLL CHIEF. In front of his former colleagues, ex-Comelec chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr raises the certificate of proclamation of senator-elect Panfilo Lacson during the proclamation of winning senators on May 19, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Comelec on polls: 'We outperformed our expectations'

May 20, 2016 - 7:46 PM

Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista cites the record breaking transmission rate as well as the high voter turnout in the Philippines and overseas

POLL BODY. The 7-member Commission on Elections (Comelec) says it outperformed its own expectations in the May 9 polls. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Meet PH’s 12 new senators

May 19, 2016 - 3:08 PM

UPDATED Comelec proclaimed the winners in the 2016 senatorial election: 5 newcomers 3 reelectionists; 4 returning

INCOMING SENATORS. The Commission on Elections finalizes the list of 12 incoming senators after the May 9, 2016 elections.

Getting water? Guanzon scolds Smartmatic exec: 'Stay away'

May 17, 2016 - 6:04 PM

Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon reprimands Smartmatic s Marlon Garcia for getting water in a dining room reserved for poll commissioners

'STAY AWAY.' Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon (right) scolds Smartmatic's Marlon Garcia for getting water in a dining room reserved for poll commissioners. Photos of Garcia and Guanzon from Comelec EId

Rappler coverage: Citizens front and center in 'most engaged' PH polls

May 16, 2016 - 4:58 PM

An engaged and empowered public voted for the Philippines new leaders and an engaged and empowered public will continue to watch their leaders every move

Comelec’s Guanzon slams Smartmatic over hash code

May 13, 2016 - 5:03 PM

Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon says Smartmatic should be liable for the hash code issue raised by Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr

HITTING SMARTMATIC. Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Rowena Guanzon says Smartmatic should be held liable for an unauthorized change in an election-related hash code. Photo courtesy of Comelec EID

Comelec declares special elections for 17,600 voters

May 11, 2016 - 4:52 PM

UPDATED The Comelec declares a failure of elections in 52 polling precincts due to problems such as misdelivered ballots and security concerns

COMELEC DECISION. The Commission on Elections declares special elections for areas affecting more than 17,000 voters. Photo courtesy of Comelec EID

Comelec on Marcos bid vs tally: 'Right to know' at stake

May 11, 2016 - 2:12 PM

Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon says the law allows a quick count so that we have a transparent election

Comelec: Transmission of votes fastest in 2016

May 09, 2016 - 11:33 PM

Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista says the quick transmission of votes can help ensure credible polls

Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler