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Voter's Election Kit

Chapter 1:

Understanding our power and right to vote

Chapter 1:

Understanding our power and right to vote

Chapter 1

Why register and Vote?

       Registering to vote is the first step towards becoming an active and engaged voter. In the Philippines, this is the only way that gives every Filipino the passport to elect the next leaders of the country. Voter's registration and voter's capability to cast their own ballots and secure its correctness are two major exercises of our right to suffrage as enshrined in Section 1, Article V of the 1987 Constitution to wit, "Suffrage may be exercised by all citizens of the Philippines not otherwise disqualified by law, who are at least eighteen years of age, and who shall have resided in the Philippines for at least one year, and in the place wherein they propose to vote, for at least six months immediately preceding the election. No literacy, property, or other substantive requirement shall be imposed on the exercise of suffrage."

 

        Voter's registration benefits our country as a whole and defines the exact idea of democracy. Our country gains more when we vote and elect the right leaders. Filipinos who register and vote during the elections are more connected to the community and have a better perspective for our country. As a nation rich in history and struggle for freedom, our country becomes stronger when citizens of different ages, backgrounds, sectors and groups participate. It is in the height of the election(from registration to education to voting) shows the true meaning of people power-voting right and voting in order for our voices to be heard.

Voter's Registration is always the first step towards empowering our societies and communities in order to be part of the change that we want to see in our country. Understanding our right to vote is the first requirement of becoming an effective and thinking electorate. What does our Constitution mandates on our Right to Suffrage and how can we use it to attain development in our country?

Why register and Vote?

       Registering to vote is the first step towards becoming an active and engaged voter. In the Philippines, this is the only way that gives every Filipino the passport to elect the next leaders of the country. Voter's registration and voter's capability to cast their own ballots and secure its correctness are two major exercises of our right to suffrage as enshrined in Section 1, Article V of the 1987 Constitution to wit, "Suffrage may be exercised by all citizens of the Philippines not otherwise disqualified by law, who are at least eighteen years of age, and who shall have resided in the Philippines for at least one year, and in the place wherein they propose to vote, for at least six months immediately preceding the election. No literacy, property, or other substantive requirement shall be imposed on the exercise of suffrage."

 

        Voter's registration benefits our country as a whole and defines the exact idea of democracy. Our country gains more when we vote and elect the right leaders. Filipinos who register and vote during the elections are more connected to the community and have a better perspective for our country. As a nation rich in history and struggle for freedom, our country becomes stronger when citizens of different ages, backgrounds, sectors and groups participate. It is in the height of the election(from registration to education to voting) shows the true meaning of people power-voting right and voting in order for our voices to be heard.

Voter's Registration is always the first step towards empowering our societies and communities in order to be part of the change that we want to see in our country. Understanding our right to vote is the first requirement of becoming an effective and thinking electorate. What does our Constitution mandates on our Right to Suffrage and how can we use it to attain development in our country?

Chapter 2:

The COMELEC and the automated elections

Chapter 2

The Commission on Elections(COMELEC)

The Commission on Elections(COMELEC) is one of the constitutional commissions which are presented in the 1987 Constitution of the Philippines and is expected to be independent in their nature the same as the Civil Service Commision(CSC) and the Commission on Audit(COA). It is the principal government agency tasked by the Constitution to enforce and administer all laws and regulations concerning the conduct of regular and special elections. It is a body that is designed to be constitutionally independent from the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government to ensure the conduct of free, fair and honest elections. 

Powers and Functions of COMELEC
  • Enforce and administer all laws and regulations relative to the conduct of an election, plebiscite, initiative, referendum, and recall;

  • Exercise exclusive original jurisdiction over all contestants relating to the elections, returns, and qualifications of all elective regional, provincial, and city officials, and appellate jurisdiction over all contests involving elective municipal officials decided by trial courts of limited jurisdiction. Decisions, final orders, or rulings of the Commission on election contest involving elective municipal and barangay offices shall be final, executory, and not appealable;

  • Decided, except those involving the righto vote, all questions affecting elections, including determination of the number and location of polling places, appointment of election officials and inspectors, and registration of voterl;

  • Deputize, with the concurrence of the President, law enforcement agencies and instrumentalities of the Government, including the Armed Forces of the Philippines, for the exclusive purpose of ensuring free, orderly, honest, peaceful, and credible elections;

  • Register, after sufficient publication, political parties, organizations, or coalitions which, in addition to other requirements, must present their platform or program of government; and  accredit citizen's arms of the Commision on Elections. Religious denominations and sects shall not be registered. Those 

COMELEC
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