Comelec plans to assign 2013 polls' campaign finance to Namfrel

December 18, 2012 11:33 pm 

MANILA, Dec. 18 — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is looking at the possibility of assigning the monitoring of campaign finance in the May 2013 polls to the National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel).

This, as the poll body may also accredit Namfrel as its citizens’ arm in the next year’s polls together with the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV).

Comelec Commissioner Rene Sarmiento said the task of the Namfrel was part of the discussions of the en banc.

“There will be no duplication of work because the en banc is inclined to give to Namfrel the campaign finance (monitoring)…because their current head Corazon del Paz is an accountant,” he said.

He said that it would be good for the poll body to get help from other people in monitoring the campaign finance of politicians.

“In campaign finance, usually the ones granted favors are those who gave a big amount. I scratch your back, I’ll scratch yours as they say. Through this, you’ll be able to monitor if those who gave the biggest amount are the ones getting favors and contracts from the government,” Sarmiento said.

Earlier, Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes said he had met with officials of NAMFREL and PPCRV to know what task the latter wanted to take on in case they accredit the two.

“I talked to them to find out what is the task that they prefer in case we accredit two citizens arm,” he said.

The PPCRV, he said requested to conduct or at least participate in the random manual audit just like in the May 2010 polls. (PNA)

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