Philippine Election News
June 2015

Comelec awards contract for 23,000 OMR machines to Smartmatic-TIM- (Interaksyon)

Comelec opens bids for lease of 71,000 vote-counting machines- (Rappler)

Voters urged to cooperate for ‘honest, 'clean’ 2016 elections- (Sunstar)

Smartmatic has edge – Comelec- (Manila Times)

Premature political conventions prohibited - lawyer- (ABS CBN)

'Corrupted' biometrics records safe in local Comelec offices- (Rappler)

Forget hybrid voting, Comelec told- (Inquirer)

Poll body undecided on modification of COC- (Philstar) 

Comelec probes 1.9 million corrupted biometrics records- (Interaksyon)

Parishes tapped to help in ‘No Bio, No Boto’ campaign for 2016 polls- (GMA News)

Binay net satisfaction rating recovers by 11 points — SWS- (Inquirer)

Comelec cuts budget for PCOS repair; 3 firms eye contract- (Inquirer)

Trillanes bares plan to run for vice president in 2016- (CNN)

Asean exec cites PH for election best practices- (Inquirer)

Mar on quit calls: The right time will come- (ABS CBN)

Recto tells Comelec: Use P1B SK polls savings for biometrics info drive- (Interaksyon)

Comelec says Cabinet men can keep jobs till October- (Inquirer)

P-Noy reappoints Comelec chief, exec- (Philstar)

Binay: Noy government inept, insensitive to people- (Philstar)

Grace Poe still top choice for vice president – SWS- (Rappler)

Soliman denies plans for 2016- (Philstar)

Duterte: Give presidency to others who want it- (Philstar)

Comelec defends 'unconstitutional' biometrics requirement- (Rappler)

Comelec to test Lagman’s system anew- (Manila Standard Today)

‘Comelec must explain need for biometrics’- (Inquirer)

Poe must settle qualification issues before court, Comelec –legal experts- (GMA News)

Duterte now keeps ‘options open’ on 2016 elections- (Inquirer)

Comelec: 4.3 M voters still without biometrics- (ABS CBN)

Comelec now open to ‘hybrid’ voting- (Inquirer)

Pols say time to put a cap on campaign contributions- (ABS CBN)

Comelec now open to ‘hybrid’ voting- (ABS CBN)

Comelec: Only Smartmatic, so far, showed interest in P7.8B OMR project- (Interaksyon)

Binay-Jinggoy tandem still possible for 2016 polls- (Philstar)

Nothing official yet on Duterte-Marcos tandem- (Philstar)

Anti-dynasty law to affect most Congress members- (Philstar)

LP rooting for Mar-Poe 2016 tandem- (Manila Bulletin)

Detained Gloria Arroyo to seek re-election in 2016- (Rappler)

Smartmatic appeals disqualification- (Philstar)

PDP-Laban won't back Binay in 2016 polls- (Sunstar)

'Grace Poe's best option is to run for president as independent'- (Rappler)

VP respects Noy decision not to back his 2016 bid- (Philstar)

Mar gets Noy’s praise but still no endorsement- (Philstar)

Comelec: OMR bidders have until June 29 to secure bid documents- (Interaksyon)

Smartmatic protest still pending–Comelec- (Inquirer)

Comelec eyes to award its P2.5B lease contract next month for 23,000 OMR
 machines- (Manila Bulletin)

Up to public to penalize politicians with ‘premature’ ads – Comelec commissioner- (GMA News)

Internet voter registration system rolled-out for Filipinos in the Asia -Pacific region- (PIA)

Namfrel targets election early birds- (Philstar)

Noy, Grace meet anew; no post offered- (Philstar)

Comelec opens bidding for upgrade of PCOS- (Inquirer)

CA confirms Comelec exec despite UNA tirades- (Rappler)

'NO BIO, NO BOTO' | Comelec reminds 4.3 million Pinoys: Registration only until Oct. 31- (Interaksyon)

Public urged to sue thick-skinned pols campaigning early- (Inquirer)

I’ve never been part of Liberal Party–Escudero- (Inquirer)

SC: Political ads on buses, jeepneys part of free speech- (Inquirer)

 ‘It’s the presidency or nothing for Mar’- (Philstar)

Presidential wannabes: Outstanding but weird- (Rappler)

Holiday sought for 4.3M voters without biometrics- (Rappler)

Poe: I am qualified to run in 2016- (CNN)

Biometric data of voters needed- (Businessworld Online)

Comelec chief: Too early to vet Grace Poe eligibility- (Rappler)

Mar Roxas remains LP’s top bet, Abad says- (Businessworld Online)

‘People’ urging PNoy to run in 2016 polls- (Manila Times)

Grace, Chiz mum on 2016 tandem- (Philstar)

‘Infomercial’ execs slammed- (Manila Standard Today)

Team Binay eyes Pacquiao, Isko Moreno in senatorial ticket- (CNN)

40,000 Cebu City voters deactivated by Comelec- (Manila Bulletin)

Over 5M voters’ IDs still unclaimed —Comelec- (GMA News)


May 2015

Comelec: 'Moral question' hounds early campaigners- (Rappler)

Roxas confirms meeting with Poe on possible tandem- (Philstar)

Senate panel recommends allowing poll lawyers, electoral staff to be absentee voters- (GMA News)

Roxas looking for an 'ally' in 2016- (Rappler)

UNA to Grace Poe: LP cheated, tormented FPJ in 2004 polls- (GMA News)

Cabinet men seeking elective posts need not resign – Palace- (Philstar)

Ex-Comelec exec Gus Lagman proposes new vote tally system- (Interaksyon)

Police bodyguards for potential 2016 candidates to be recalled- (Inquirer)

Comelec to choose most perfect from among imperfect AES systems- (Interaksyon)

Comelec seeks help vs ‘epal’ candidates- (Inquirer)

Mar tops P-Noy list of ‘presidentiables’- (Philstar)

Comelec urges party-list groups to police ranks- (Inquirer)

No stopping Binay in 2016- (Philstar)

Winning Comelec bidder picked in July- (Manila Standard Today)

GMA poll sabotage trial may last 5 years- (ABS CBN)

Erap, Ping, Alan may join race- (Philstar)

Palace: LP to respect, follow Noy choice for standard bearer- (Philstar)

Palace: PNoy wants strong VP bet in 2016 for presidential run in 2022- (GMA News)

PNP begins security preps for 2016 polls- (Philstar)

Militant solons support semi-automated 2016 polls- (Manila Bulletin)

Entry of Grace splitting LP?- (Philstar)

Comelec: PCOS bidding open to all- (Inquirer)

Drilon to Mar: Declare intentions for 2016- (ABS CBN)

Almost 5 million voters still haven’t had their biometrics taken —Comelec chief- (GMA News)

2016 poll can include plebiscite -- Comelec- (Businessworld)

Watchdog group to ask Comelec to blacklist Smartmatic from 2016 preparations- (GMA News)

Comelec open to hybrid election system- (CNN)

’16 bets step up moves- (Manila Standard Today)

Comelec brushes off no-el, manual voting- (Philstar)

243 party-list groups to join 2016 polls, says Comelec- (Inquirer)

Filipinos urged to register to vote online- (Gulf News)

The election season starts- (Businessworld Online)

Comelec goals: Repair 82,000 machines, bid for 100,000 more- (ABS CBN)

Comelec to need 1M teachers- (Manila Times)

Expecting more accredited party-list groups, Comelec sees longer ballots in 2016- (GMA News)

Comelec disqualifies Smartmatic anew from bidding for new machines- (Inquirer)

Grace: P-Noy wants alternative candidate- (Philstar)

No-el, manual polls are out for 2016: Bautista- (ABS CBN)

Palace defends Comelec appointees- (Philstar)

Comelec told: Consider hybrid- (Manila Standard Today)

Comelec told: Ban Smartmatic- (Inquirer)

New Comelec appointments submitted to CA- (Philstar)

Ballot snatching down, vote-buying up- (Philstar)

Comelec execs to be asked about poll readiness- (Businessworld)

Comelec to tap cops as BEIs in Palawan recall polls if teachers do not appear- (GMA News)

April 2015

Comelec decides against testing electronic voting system in 2016- (Inquirer)

Watchdog group to ask Comelec to blacklist Smartmatic from 2016 preparations- (GMA News)

Comelec scraps use of touchscreen voting in 2016- (Rappler)

Comelec not closing doors on Smartmatic- (Philstar)

Comelec eyes sale of 81,000 PCOS machines- (ABS CBN)

Comelec: No Taytay recall polls- (Philstar)

SC: Automated elections in 2016 still possible- (Inquirer)

SC: Comelec can still 'directly contract' PCOS repair, diagnostics despite
 voided deal- (GMA News)

Comelec eyes new voting machines for 2016 polls- (Philstar)

'Very unusual': 45 bets run for Puerto Princesa mayor- (Rappler)

Comelec may go back to manual elections- (Philstar)

Comelec seeks alternatives- (Manila Standard Today)

2016 polls in jeopardy- (Manila Bulletin)

Comelec to form transparency committee for 2016- (Manila Bulletin)

SC nullifies P268-M Comelec-Smartmatic deal- (ABS CBN)

Sereno to join majority ruling vs Smartmatic- (Manila Times)

How LP plans to boost Mar's ratings- (ABS CBN)

Poll bets dared: Bare true assets- (Manila Standard Today)

PWDs urged to vote at accessible polling places- (Philstar)

Aquino urged to appoint new members of Comelec- (Sunstar)

Acting Comelec chief says poll body not partial to LP- (ABS CBN)

SC upholds Comelec resolution directing survey firms to disclose sponsors- (Interaksyon)

Comelec keeps options open to new poll system- (Manila Times)

Lacson eyeing presidency in 2016- (Philstar)

Binay ‘saddened’ by Roxas rejection- (Inquirer)

Poll watchdog pushes for 'laptop count' to replace PCOS- (Rappler)

Ballot boxes in short supply for Puerto Princesa recall election- (Inquirer)

Comelec urged to prepare contingency plan for 2016 polls- (Sunstar)

SC: Comelec can order SWS, Pulse Asia to divulge funders- (Philstar)

Comelec to consider using new poll system- (Manila Standard Today)

It’s final: Comelec has 1 month left for Puerto Princesa recall polls- (GMA News)

Koko wants IT people in Comelec- (Manila Standard Today)

Comelec rethinks technology dry run- (Inquirer)

Comelec doubtful on touch screen technology- (ABS CBN)

Ombudsman asked to probe Comelec-Smartmatic PCOS repair deal- (GMA News)

Belmonte urges Aquino to name new poll execs- (Inquirer)

Palace assures 2016 polls; solons urge SC to decide on PCOS repair deal- (Manila Bulletin)

March 2015

Puerto Princesa recall elections a go - Comelec- (Rappler)

Lawyer warns of no-elections scenario due to SC order- (ABS CBN)

Comelec eyes alternative voting machines- (Philstar)

Manual polls better than ‘no-el’–Comelec- (Inquirer)

Binay’s UNA gets Comelec nod as political party- (Inquirer)

Comelec eyes P14B additional budget- (Manila Times)

Comelec sets October filing of COCs for 2016 aspirants; new party list groups
 have till May 8- (Interaksyon)

Comelec grants Smartmatic's appeal- (ABS CBN)

Aquino moves Sangguniang Kabataan polls to 2016- (Rappler)

New Comelec chair should be independent, say bishops- (Inquirer)

Hijack of party-list system feared- (Inquirer)

Koko wants Smartmatic punished for failure to remedy PCOS machines' digital lines- (Interaksyon)

Group accuses Comelec of favoring Smartmatic- (Inquirer)

Comelec willing to shelve DRE- (Manila Times)

Comelec sees postponement of SK polls- (Inquirer)

Aquino aunt slams gov't over ballot stealing charges- (Rappler)

LP bid to pack Comelec exposed- (Manila Standard Today)

Comelec opens PCOS warehouse for Congressional scrutiny- (Interaksyon)

Tingting Cojuangco, 13 others face Comelec probe for alleged election offenses- (GMA News)

Comelec eyes charges against AES oppositors- (Manila Times)

Smartmatic protests disqualification to Comelec- (Inquirer)

Comelec junks TRO vs recall- (Manila Standard Today)

Ex-solons, execs deny roles in 2013 ballot theft- (Inquirer)

Lim gets CA nod as Comelec commissioner- (Manila Times)

SC junks petitions vs party-list lawmakers- (Manila Times)

Estrada stays as Manila mayor- (Manila Times)

Poll watchdog: Smartmatic will ensure administration bet’s victory in 2016- (Business Mirror)

Comelec sees 2M voters not being able to validate registration- (Inquirer)

Voter registration of MILF fighters marks entry to democratic process- (PIA)

Comelec to hold second bidding for additional voting machines- (ABS CBN)

Comelec to hold new bidding for poll results transmission- (Inquirer)

Solon fears return to manual elections after two failed bids by Comelec- (GMA News)

No Comelec, COA appointees yet- (Inquirer)

MILF leaders, fighters signing up for 2016 polls- (Manila Bulletin)

Puerto mayor faces Comelec sanctions- (Manila Standard Today)

Solon wants to know why contractor submitted losing bid for poll machines- (GMA News)

Poll watchdog to bring new evidence vs Smartmatic- (Manila Standard Today)

Smartmatic faces total ban in PH – election watchdog- (Manila Times)

Comelec looking to start refurbishment of PCOS machines on march 16- (Manila Times)

4.7-M voters may be delisted - Comelec- (ABS CBN)


February 2015

Comelec disqualifies Smartmatic, Indra from supply bid- (Philstar)

Comelec may retain source code of old PCOS machines- (Manila Standard Today)

SC seeks Comelec, Smartmatic side on IBP plea vs. PCOS repair deal- (GMA News)

Comelec to review source codes of PCOS- (Inquirer)

Comelec source code transferred from BSP- (The Manila Times)

IBP asks SC to void Comelec-Smartmatic PCOS repair deal- (GMA News)

Bill to free teachers from polls- (Inquirer)

PPCRV gets Comelec accreditation anew- (Philstar)

SC affirms ruling upholding Comelec move to unseat ER Ejercito as Laguna governor- (Interaksyon)

Rival wants Smartmatic out of poll bidding- (Philstar)

Comelec set to open bidding for additional voting machines late February- (Interaksyon)

Comelec stops purge of registered party-list groups- (Rappler)

Curb poll spending, Comelec urged- (Inquirer)

‘Ban all future deals similar to Comelec’s’- (Manila Standard Today)

Comelec bids out P588-M supply contract for 2016 polls- (Philstar)

Philippines government to lease biometric voter verification system for 2016 election- (Biometric Update)

Filing of COC for 2015 SK Elections reset to April 11, 13 and 14- (PIA)

Brillantes clams up on P300-m Comelec-Smartmatic contract- (Manila Standard Today)

'CANDIDATES' FOR COMELEC CHAIR | Pols, polls and the ties that bind- (Interaksyon)

Congress panel leaves to SC the legality of Smartmatic deal- (Interaksyon)

Election watchdog urges Congress to disqualify Smartmatic from 2016 polls- (Interaksyon)

Comelec moves Sangguniang Kabataan polls to April 25- (Inquirer)

Koko wants online voting piloted among seamen next year- (Interaksyon)

COMELEC holds Barangay Satellite Registration- (PIA)

Court orders Comelec to explain deal- (Manila Standard Today)

Filing of certificates of candidacy for 2015 SK Elections starts Feb. 7- (PIA)

Comelec chairman, 2 commissioners retire- (GMA News)

Prelates alarmed by Comelec goings-on- (Inquirer)

January 2015

Christian Lim chosen as acting Comelec chief- (Rappler)

House suffrage committee urges poll watchdog not to put Comelec in bad light- (GMA News)

Comelec issues guidelines in renewal of gun ban exemptions- (PIA)

23 bishops urge Comelec to stop award of P300-M contract to Smartmatic- (Manila Bulletin)

Brillantes gets flak just days before retirement- (ABS CBN)

No immediate appointment of new Comelec chairman- (Philstar)

Presidential run for Estrada another matter, says SC- (Inquirer)

Lawmakers vouch for PCOS- (Manila Standard Today)

TIME TO REBOOT | Expect improved SK system in reform bill – Bam- (Interaksyon)

PCOS case: ‘Legitimacy’ of execs seen at stake- (Inquirer)

Comelec to appeal SC ruling on Bacolod church tarpaulins- (Inquirer)

Brillantes wooing De Lima to take top Comelec post- (Inquirer)

Erap's sons jubilant over SC ruling to junk disqualification case- (Interaksyon)

Grace Poe: Erap remains relevant in Philippine politics- (Philstar)

Groups call on Comelec to 'end greed'- (Rappler)

Koko urges Comelec to stop negotiated PCOS deal with Smartmatic- (Interaksyon)

Comelec commissioners urged to quit- (Manila Standard Today)

SK polls 2015: Comelec gun ban starts on Thursday- (GMA News)

Senators, Comelec at odds over SK polls postponement- (Rappler)

Comelec in Zamboanga bares SK elections will push through in 2015- (Zamboanga Today Online)

With no viable admin candidate, ‘PCOS plot’ futile- (Inquirer)

Comelec prepares for 2015 special SK elections- (PIA)

Lagman accepts Brilliantes dare to bare PCOS failings- (Inquirer)

Watchdog group seeks papal help for clean polls- (Inquirer)

What binds Smartmatic, Comelec? Bishop asks- (Inquirer)

Comelec affirms Puerto Princesa recall petition vs Bayron- (Rappler)

De Lima 'not interested' in Comelec post- (ABS CBN)

Poll watchdog opposes Comelec-Smartmatic deal- (Rappler)

Brillantes: De Lima, Henares qualified as next Comelec chief- (Rappler)

Brillantes dares critic: Demonstrate PCOS rigging- (Philstar)

Smartmatic deal was only for diagnosis–Comelec- (Inquirer)

Comelec may still bid out PCOS repair contract- (Philstar)

Smartmatic bags P1.2B poll contract; Comelec hit- (Inquirer)

Comelec reminder: Voter registration resumes Monday- (GMA News)

SK poll period begins Jan. 22- (Manila Standard Today)

Group sees flaw in PCOS probe invitations, schedule- (Inquirer)

Comelec wants the SK polls postponed again to October 2016 or six mo- (Manila Bulletin)

PCOS CHALLENGE: Indra says Comelec could face legal battle if Smartmatic wins project- (Interaksyon)