DepEd exposes Comelec irregularities in Davao
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DAVAO CITY – (To be updated) Barely a week before election day, the Department of Education complained against the Commission on Elections for reshuffling and replacement of members of election boards here, which it feared could affect the holding of the May 14 polls here, officials said.
DepEd decried Comelec Davao’s alleged defiance to follow Comelec’s Resolution no. 7815.
Eva Antipiesto, DepEd Davao City assistant schools superintendent, said they had been involved in the tussle with the Comelec over the issue with the matter now in the education body’s law department in Manila.
She said a Comelec election field official reshuffled assignments of the BEIs and altered the composition of at least 52 members of the Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) in the first district here, defying the list recommended by DepEd for the election body’s appointment.
About 33 of those replaced were DepEd teachers.
She said the Comelec failed to issue the appointment papers of the members of the BEI as scheduled on February 28. The appointments were released on May 4.
About 75 teachers assigned to BEIs at the Erico Nograles National High School, however, have not yet received their appointment papers in the same district.
Antipiesto named the Comelec officer as Teresita Castillo-Ardanza. MindaNews tried but failed to reach Ardanza. Gerry Mujal, Comelec election officer for the First District, Ardanza’s superior refused to take MindaNews’ calls through his mobile phone.