The continuing woes of Comelec

The Commission on Elections kept on harping they have no monopoly over the running of elections in the country.

Since the preparations for the May 14, 2007 elections they had been telling the media they are not the only players. They were quite unsuccessful, however, in diverting attention to their partners, like the Department of Education, the local Treasury offices, and the police.

People still look at the Comelec for all its worth about the problems. After all, it is THE Commission on Elections.During the distribution of ballot boxes and election paraphernalia to members of the Board of Election Inspectors, mostly teachers, there were missing components, lacking supplies and misunderstanding dragged even up to midday of election day.

Not to mention the whole gamut of problems on cheating and intimidation, which is called a problem of perceptions only, as Chairman Benjamin Abalos told Davao media the other week.

And here comes this new headache. The declaration of Friday last week as a special holiday to enable students to go home and register for the Sangguniang Kabataan elections disrupted classes and could affect the academic schedule, a Department of Education official here said.

Eva Antipuesto, DepEd-Davao City assistant schools superintendent, blamed the extension of the registration on the alleged lack of system in the Commission on Elections. For all you know, we have Comelec’s litany of woes running down. Read the rest of the report on


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