Comelec seeks help of DOJ to handle pending election-related cases

November 13, 2009 4:31 pm 

MANILA, Nov. 13 – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has tapped the Department of Justice (DOJ) to help deal with the prosecution of pending election-related cases.

In an en banc resolution issued on October 29, the poll body is giving the State Prosecutors to hear legal actions against individuals and parties who have committed election-related offenses.

“There is a need to delegate the prosecution of election offense cases to enable the lawyers of the Commission on Elections to focus all their efforts on the automation of the May 10, 2010 National and Local Elections,” the resolution said.

The Comelec admitted there is already “an overwhelming number” of election offense cases pending before regular courts.

Comelec Law Department records showed that there are some 1,000 election law violations from previous polls. It includes gun ban violations and vote padding and shaving.

The poll body added there are only some 250 Comelec lawyers designated nationwide.

However, they will be soon be attending other matters such as handling conducting trainings for the voting machines, handling of disqualification cases, and attending to the certificates of candidacy (COC) filed.

At present, the Comelec is busy preparing for an automated polls next year.

The process of election will shift from manual to automated polling system on a nationwide level using the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines. (PNA)

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