Comelec accredits PPCRV anew as citizen's arm in the 2010 polls

October 29, 2009 10:06 am 

MANILA, Oct. 29 — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has again tapped the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) as its citizens’ arm in the May 2010 elections.

The poll body approved the application of the Church-based group based on their reliability in conducting poll watchdog activities in the past elections.

“The petitioner's participation during the past electoral exercises and its commitment towards honest, clean, credible and peaceful elections are commendable,” said in the 10-page resolution.

The decision also said: “This Commission hereby resolves to accredit the PPCRV as citizen's arm of the Commission pursuant to Section 2(5) of Article IX (C) of the 1987 Constitution and Section 52 (k) of the Omnibus Election Code3 as amended and other election laws in connection with the May 10, 2010 National and Local Elections.”

Section 52 of the Omnibus Election Code gives the Comelec the power to enlist non-partisan group of organizations of citizens to help the latter undertake and coordinate operation and to assist it in the implementation of the provisions of law and the of the Commission for the purpose of ensuring free, orderly and honest elections.

Among the tasks of PPCRV being the citizen’s arm is to conduct poll watching activities and give assistance to voters.

It also leads the voters’ education program in every municipality, city or province in the country.

The group is also entitled to have a copy of the Computerized Voter's List (CVLs) as well as the 4th copy of the Election Returns, both soft and hard copies.

The PPCRV will be given the chance to test the equipment to be used in the holding of the elections on May 10 before the precincts open.

The Church-based group has served the same post during the 1992, 1995, 1998, 2001, 2004 and 2007 electoral exercises. (PNA)

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