NAMFREL Election Day report on the Special Election in the 1st District of Ilocos Sur
May 28, 2011
The special congressional election in the 1st District of Ilocos Sur for the position vacated by
Rep. Ronald Singson has been peaceful, with no reports of violence or any untoward incident.  
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Comelec considering manual elections for ARMM
May 28, 2011
As there is no certainty yet whether the ARMM election would be held as scheduled in August, Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes, Jr. said that they are now considering having a manual election for ARMM, if the final decision regarding its postponement comes not until June. Brillantes said the Comelec wants to automate the ARMM elections but it would be “taking a very high risk” if it would proceed, given the uncertainty of whether or not the elections would push through. “We do not want a very tight timeline because it may only lead to problems or failure of the automation. We do not want to take that risk also,” Brillantes said.  continued >>>

May 2010 automation "made a mockery of our right of suffrage"
May 28, 2011
Tanggulang Demokrasya (TanDem), a multisectoral coalition of civil society leaders, organizations and institutions, was launched on May 26 in a press conference.The group also rejected the further use of Smartmatic's PCOS machines in future Philippine elections. In a statement, the group said that the May 2010 elections ushered in a "mechanism for fraud," which "betrayed the electorate" and "made a mockery of (Filipinos') right of suffrage." continued >>>

When positions are won without getting elected
After the Commission on Elections’ (Comelec) decision on the protest regarding the mayoral race in Lucena City – in which the vice mayor is being installed by the Comelec as mayor (a position he did not run for) – it is now the turn of the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET) to act on a similar protest case filed against the representative of the 4th district of Leyte.   continued >>>

ARMM election still uncertain
May 23, 2011
With less than three months to go, the holding of the scheduled election in the ARMM on August 8 is still uncertain. The senate is still in the process of holding consultations on whether it should be postponed or not, before the matter is presented to the bi-cam for deliberation. he lower House has earlier approved the bill postponing the election, and to have it synchronized with the May 2013 national and local elections.  continued >>>

Angeles City Election Protest
May 23, 2011
Within ten days after the May 10, 2010 elections, former Angeles City Mayor Francis Nepomuceno filed an electoral protest against Edgardo Pamintuan, who had just won the election with a final count of 60,5632 votes against Nepomuceno's 34,105 votes. In his protest, Nepomuceno alleged that Pamintuan's camp placed identifying marks and other unnecessary words and expressions in the ballots that caused the PCOS machines to count the votes in Pamintuan's favor. Nepomuceno also reportedly alleged that the machines were preprogrammed to count votes for Pamintuan.  continued >>>

Filipino IT community to hold conference on automated election
May 23, 2011
The Automated Election System Watch (AES Watch) will be holding the first-ever nationwide conference on automated elections, on June 13, 2011 at the GT-Toyota Asian Cultural Center in UP Diliman. Entitled FILIPINO IT for Election (FIT4E), preparations are being spearheaded by conveners engaged in IT, science and technology, citizen's participation, and policy study and research..  continued >>>

Comelec wants to automate ARMM elections using PCOS
May 16, 2011
The Comelec en banc has reportedly decided to adopt the PCOS machine and the OMR technology to automate the ARMM elections. The polls tentatively scheduled for August, would involve only a small number of candidates vying for governor, vice-governor, and assemblyman posts in the five province of the autonomous region. The en banc supposedly voted 6-1 in favor of the automation using the PCOS, with only Commissioner Augusto Lagman maintaining that the ARMM elections should be automated using another technology. The Comelec has not publicly released any resolution on this matter.  continued >>>

State subsidy for Philippine political parties?
May 16, 2011
There is a pending bill in Congress on political party strengthening that is up for approval just before Congress goes on recess in June. Introduced by Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, et al, the proposed bill (a substitute bill to HB nos. 49 and 403), seeks to introduce reforms in party membership, platform, and vision. It emphasizes the importance of membership contributions in the operations of a party, and to allow only the dues-paying members to elect the party's candidates for elections. The substitute bill also seeks to limit campaign contributions to only P1million for natural persons, and P10million for juridical entities. It also seeks to prevent party members to switch parties sixty days prior to election day.  continued >>>

People's initiative vote held in Quezon City
May 16, 2011
A pioneering political exercise was held on May 14, 2011 at the Pura V. Kalaw Elementary School in Project 4 Quezon City last Saturday, May 14, 2011. This is a precedent-setting process of ratifying a village regulation petitioned under the system of people's initiative.  continued >>>

Lucena City Election Protest
May 16, 2011
One of the election protest cases brought to the Comelec was for the mayoral race in Lucena City, Quezon. Constituents were reported to have been appealing for the poll body to decide on the legality of the administration of former mayor Ramon Talaga’s wife, Mayor Barbara Talaga. After she was proclaimed winner of the May 2010 polls, her rival candidate Philip Castillo and Vice Mayor Roderick Alcala claimed that the proclamation of Mayor Talaga was invalid due to irregularities.  continued >>>

Election watchdogs call for rejection of Smartmatic's PCOS machines
May 9, 2011
The Automated Election System (AES) Watch strongly urged not to re-use the Smartmatic -TIM provided PCOS technology in the forthcoming Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and in future elections because of the technology’s non-compliance with legal requirements, lack of safeguards, unresolved issues and technological difficulties it had brought in and after the May 10, 2010 national and local elections. The AESWatch, of which Namfrel is a member, is composed of 40 non-partisan and independent election monitoring and civil society organizations and the academe. continued >>>

SC nixes group’s petition to cite Comelec in contempt
May 9, 2011
The Supreme Court has affirmed the right of the Comelec to impose security measures in allowing third-party groups to conduct an independent review of the source code used in the automation election system (AES) provided by Smartmatic-Total Information Management Corp. during the country’s first-ever nationwide computerized balloting in 2010.  continued >>>

Update on COMELEC manual reviews
May 9, 2011
After the first automated elections in May 2010, the Commission on Elections has received election protest cases filed since last year and towards the end of March this year, and has started to conduct manual reviews of the ballots from precincts that were predetermined by protesting candidates. Revision committees were formed to physically review and appreciate the ballots presented for the recount. These committees were headed by Comelec lawyers, and participated in by lawyers and watchers representing the parties concerned. Following are some cases that Comelec has acted on and their status as of last week.  continued >>>

Comelec resumes voter registration
May 3, 2011
Registration of voters for the midterm elections in 2013 starts May 2, 2011 and ends on Oct. 31, 2012. Qualified to enroll is any Filipino citizen, who is at least 18 years of age, a resident of the Philippines for at least one year, and in the place where he intends to vote, for at least six months immediately preceding the election. Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said they would use biometrics technology or having an automated photograph, fingerprints and signature-taking system.  continued >>>

ARMM elections still in limbo despite preparations
by Eric Jude O. Alvia, NAMFREL Secretary General
May 3, 2011

Recent developments in past weeks have bolstered the likelihood of the ARMM elections being held as scheduled on August 8, 2011. The first, being the momentary slowdown of legislative action to pass a law to postpone and synchronize the ARMM elections; the second, is the preparations being made by the Comelec to conduct the ARMM elections even as there has been an impasse in the Senate on the decision to hold the regional polls as scheduled as House Bill (HB) no. HB 4146 and Senate Bill (SB) no. 2756 face stiff opposition in the Senate; the third, is the petition filed in the Supreme Court (SC) seeking a temporary restraining order (TRO) on initiatives seeking the postponement of the regional polls. continued >>>

Special polls in Ilocos Sur set
May 3, 2011
The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) has set the special elections in the 1st District of Ilocos Sur to take place on May 28, 2011, after former Rep. Ronald Singson was convicted of prohibited drug possession in Hong Kong and started serving his sentence of 18 months imprisonment. COMELEC promulgated Resolution no. 9169 on April 01, 2011, setting the Calendar of Activities and certain Prohibited Acts for the Special Election. April 28, 2011 marked the start of the election period until June 07, 2011, and from May 09 to 13, candidates may file their COCs.   continued >>>

Augusto Lagman is new Comelec Commissioner
May 3, 2011
President Aquino appointed veteran IT expert Augusto C. Lagman as the sixth Comelec commissioner. The appointment was announced by deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte in Malacañang on April 27. "He is a known expert in the field of IT and he has been very involved in the automated elections.    continued >>>

NAMFREL Statement on the appointment of Augusto Lagman as Comelec Commissioner
27 April 2011
Press Statement

NAMFREL welcomes the appointment of veteran IT expert Augusto C. Lagman as Commissioner of the Commission on Elections.  Mr. Lagman has been a tireless advocate of clean and honest elections, as well as transparency in procurement and governance.    continued >>>

HRET conducts Biliran recount proceedings
May 3, 2011
The House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal started on April 27 the recount proceedings for the congressional race in the lone district of Biliran (it finished the following day). In the May 2010 election, former governor Roger Espina won by only 360 votes over his opponent, former Rep. Glenn Chong.   continued >>>

HRET denies NAMFREL request to observe Biliran recount

On April 27, 2011, the Tribunal received a Letter from Eric Jude O. Alvia, Secretary General of the National Citizens' Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel), stating that they have learned that the Tribunal will be conducting on April 27, 2011 the manual process of recounting the contested ballots for the mayoralty position involved in the instant case, and thus, would be requesting that their representatives be allowed to observe and document the Tribunal's conduct of the recount for the purpose assisting the Tribunal in ensuring that the process will be transparent, credible and acceptable to the parties concerned.    continued >>>

CAC report recommends not to purchase Smartmatic's AES
by Eric Jude O. Alvia, NAMFREL Secretary General
April 15, 2011

Last week, AESWatch members were provided a copy by the Joint Congressional Oversight Committee on Electoral Reform & the AES (JCOC) of a previously inaccessible Comelec Advisory Council (CAC) post-election report on the Use of the Automated Election System (AES) in the 2010 National and Local Elections.   continued >>>

NAMFREL holds training on government procurement monitoring
April 15, 2011
As part of its involvement in advocating good governance, NAMFREL facilitated a training on GPRA 9184, or the Procurement Law, on April 8-9, 2011 at the New Horizon Hotel, Mandaluyong City. 
continued >>>

New Comelec commissioner appointed
April 5, 2011
President Aquino has appointed Atty. Christian Robert Lim as new Comelec commissioner, taking the post left by Gregorio Larrazabal who retired from the election commission in February.    continued >>>

Commissioner Brillantes reappointed as Comelec Chairperson
by Eric Jude O. Alvia, NAMFREL Secretary General
April 5, 2011

President Aquino has reappointed Comelec Chairperson Sixto Brillantes after Congress went on recess on March 25. The ad interim appointment of Brillantes, who was named on Jan. 15, 2011 in an acting capacity while Congress was in recess and the Committee on   continued >>>

Volunteerism in the Philippines
April 5, 2011
In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers, the Volunteer Service Organization (VSO-Bahaginan) held its first Volunteering Expo on March 29, 2011, which showcased best practices and successful programs that shaped the volunteer sector in the country.  continued >>>

Bill postponing ARMM election approved by House; faces opposition in the Senate
March 28, 2011
Just before it went into recess this week, the House of Representatives on March 22 approved on third reading House Bill no. 4146, postponing the election in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM)   continued >>>

NAMFREL engages the DepEd, DILG & the DOH for the 2012 National Budget Preparation consultations
by Eric Jude O. Alvia, NAMFREL Secretary General March 28, 2011
The fresh mandate of the Aquino government presents opportunities for civil society organizations (CSO) and citizens groups to set its social accountability agenda and help revitalize the advocacy for good governance  continued >>>

Medicine monitoring update
by Edgar E. Camenting, NAMFREL Project Coordinator March 28, 2011
Under the implementation of NAMFREL and the Department of Health's (DOH) Medicine Monitoring Project 2, NAMFREL monitored a total of Php 1.3 billion pesos worth of the Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC)  continued >>>

ANFREL calls for end to harassment of Bangladesh human rights organization
March 28, 2011
In a letter to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) calls attention to the harassment of members of Odhikar – an organization in Bangladesh composed of  continued >>>

Filipino I.T. community pickets Comelec against Smartmatic PCOS machines
March 19, 2011
Leaders of the Filipino I.T. community, comprising the AESWatch (Automated Election System Watch) Coalition, picketed in front of the Comelec headquarters in Intramuros, Manila on March 17, to protest the Comelec's  continued >>>

COMELEC Advisory Council's Post-Election Report on the Use of the Automated Election System (AES) in the 2010 National and Local Elections
Executive Summary
The automation of the May 2010 national and local elections was a very significant event that changed the face of Philippine politics. It was an incredibly ambitious project for the Commission on Elections (COMELEC), which had a small information technology (IT) department and did not even have a high level chief information officer (CIO). With over 50 million registered voters, 76,347 clustered precincts, and eleven simultaneous election races with up to 300 candidates per ballot, the Philippines did not seem to be ideal candidate for automation elections.  continued >>>

Letter to President Aquino regarding Civil Society Organization's nominations to the COMELEC posts

January 5, 2011

Republic of the Philippines

Dear President Aquino,
Greetings of Peace!
The vacancies in February this year in the chairmanship and for two commissioners represent a timely opportunity to rebuild the Commission on Elections. Committed towards helping in the realization of this worthy legacy, we, the undersigned, and the organizations 1 we represent, would like to suggest that, given the wide public interest in the future of the Comelec and of automation, an open and transparent selection and appointment process be conducted with full disclosure of the criteria, nominator(s) and credentials of the nominees. 

In this regard, we have taken the liberty of conducting a search process and are providing for the President's consideration a shortlist of names of men and women that we believe exceptionally fit the criteria of independence, competence and integrity - qualities that all Comelec commissioners should possess.  continued >>>

NAMFREL statement on the first anniversary of the Ampatuan massacre

November 22, 2010

NAMFREL joins the victims' families, the Filipino nation as well as human rights and press freedom advocates throughout the world in calling for the swift resolution of the Ampatuan, Maguindanao murders. Twelve months after the most inhumane election related killings in recent memory, the 58 victims, their families and supporters, have yet to receive justice that Philippine laws supposedly assure. Instead, what we see are delays in the trial; inability to swiftly round up all suspects, both those directly linked to the massacre and their accomplices; the continuous rule of warlords and their kin in their respective areas; the continuous display of wealth and power as their people languish in poverty; the continued silencing of journalists; private armies not just in Mindanao but throughout the country not yet dismantled; the climate of fear that has not subsided; and the culture of impunity that sees no end.  continued >>>

Mongolian Electoral Observers Seminar and Study Tour in PHL

November 6, 2010

On November 8 to 11, 2010 a delegation from Mongolia will visit the Philippines for an Electoral Seminar and Study Tour to be conducted by NAMFREL with the support of the Open Society Forum. The aim of the study tour is to provide opportunities for Mongolia’s key stakeholders to learn from the Philippines
experience in ensuring the integrity of democratic elections and electoral process.  continued >>>

The Voters Education Program
Barangay Voters’ Education Program

September 24, 2010

The Center for Empowerment of Communities (CEC) of Quezon City District 2 invited Namfrel through Atty. Moses Florendo (Namfrel District 2 Chairman) to conduct a 2-day Voters Education Program (VEP) in two barangays; Novaliches proper and North Fairview in Quezon City last September 4 and 5. The CEC is a non- stock, non-profit, non-government organization, which aims to promote and strengthen people empowerment through the active participation of marginalized individuals and communities in institutions and processes which directly affect them.  continued >>>

Afghanistan Parliamentary Elections (Wolesi Jirga) 2010


September 9, 2010

Following the assessment mission in mid-July to Afghanistan for the deployment of international observers, the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) is deploying 22 observers to undertake observation functions, research work and capacity building training for citizen observer groups in the country. The 22 observers will be in Central, North and North-East regions of Afghanistan until the end of September, 2010.  continued >>>

DepEd Procurement and DOH Medicine monitoring update

December 22, 2010

On December 22, 2010, Namfrel observed the Department of Education (DepEd) bid opening of Printing from Camera ready materials and Delivery of Various Preschool Instructional Materials.  continued >>>

NAMFREL Signs Grant Agreement with the Partnership for Transparency Fund

September 6, 2010 

NAMFREL Signs Grant Agreement with the Partnership for Transparency Fund Manila, Philippines (NAMFREL) September 6, 2010
On September 6, the National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL) signed a grant agreement with the Partnership for Transparency Fund (PTF) for the second phase of a project aimed at monitoring the procurement, delivery and stocking of essential drugs and medicines. The project, entitled Medicine Monitoring II, will build on the experience gained through the first project phase in reducing corruption in a vital area of public service. NAMFREL will continue to work with the Department of Health and deploy volunteers at critical stages in the cycle from procurement to management of stocks of drugs and medicines. continued >>>

NAMFREL participates in international videoconference on automated elections
The National Citizens' Movement for Free Elections participated today (June 30, 2010) in a videoconference on "Observing Electronic Voting Technologies: Methodology and Its Challenges," organized by the National Democratic Institute (NDI). The videoconference was participated in by about 40 Indonesian civil society organizations, with resource persons in Jakarta, Washington, D.C., and Manila. continued >>> 

ASIAN Election Monitoring Organizations question unfair practices in the Burma Electoral process

August 31, 2010

In barely two months time elections will be held in Burma generating significant attention worldwide. The Union Election Commission (UEC) has announced on 13th August that the “multiparty elections in Burma will be held on November 7, 2010.” There have been a number of developments in the days preceding the announcement of the Election date, which deserves serious attention from all democracy supporting citizens of the world.  continued >>>

DOH and NAMFREL renew commitment to transparency through the Medicine Monitoring Project

August 9, 2010

The Department of Health, through Honorable Secretary Enrique T. Ona, and NAMFREL, through its National Chairperson Jose L. Cuisia, Jr., signed today, August 9, 2010, a Memorandum of Agreement renewing their collaboration on the Medicine Monitoring Project (MMP). This is in line with the DOH's commitment to directly engage civil society organizations in upholding transparency in the procurement, delivery, and inventory of pharmaceutical products, supplies, equipment and infrastructure projects of the Department. continued >>>

NAMFREL Executive Summary
Terminal Report

July 2, 2010

Nothwithstanding the results of the May 2010 elections with respect to the National Elections, NAMFREL believes that the automated election system employed by the Commission on Elections and provided by Smartmatic is in serious need of review and remedial measures before it is to be used for future elections. While the system counted ballots with considerable speed, it nonetheless lacked sufficient methods for tracing and auditing the entire processes which would have been necessary had any problems arisen which were material to the results of the counting or the canvassing. As it is, while national results were believed to be credible, in part because they matched both pre-election surveys and exit polls, not all of the local electoral results could be relied upon to the same extent. continued >>>

Speech of Mr. Jose L. Cuisia, Jr., NAMFREL National Chairperson

NAMFREL Appreciation Dinner, June 18, 2010

Ayala Museum, Makati City

Distinguished partners, members of the National Council, chapter chairmen, friends in media, a
warm welcome to you. Good evening and welcome to all of our NAMFREL volunteers, supporters, donors
and staff.

It is a wonderful time of optimism for the Philippines. The elections have given rise to a growing
sense of enthusiasm about the impending change in administration and the hopes for a new generation
of governance in the country. And while the inauguration is still some days away, people cannot seem to
contain the excitement over this historic event and the promise of what lies ahead for us. continued >>>

Input to the House of Representatives' Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reforms chaired by the Honorable Teodoro Locsin, Jr. on the hearings on the Automated Election System (AES) used on May 10, 2010

May 28, 2010

Mr. Chairman and Members of the House Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reforms, thank you for allowing NAMFREL to contribute to the post-election discussion on the Automated Election System.
At the outset, let me say for the record that NAMFREL has supported calls for the automation of the counting and canvassing of the elections dating back to the Comelec's original MODEX Program in 1993 introduced by then-Chairman Christian Monsod. It was as that time that different technologies for counting and canvassing votes were first introduced. The legislation for that program was filed in Congress shortly after and the resulting Republic Act 8436 was passed in December 1997. continued >>>

Statement on 2010 Elections

The 2010 Elections was a celebration of democracy by our people. The National Citizens' Movement for Free Elections commends all those who played a role in the administration and conduct of the May 10, 2010 elections, most especially the teachers who served as Boards of Election Inspectors and the voters who endured difficulties and inconveniences but nonetheless accepted the new automated system. The most dramatic improvement in the elections was in the counting and tabulating of votes, which occurred at unprecedented speeds for Philippine elections. Early tabulations were available within hours of the polls' closing and significant numbers were reported by midnight of election day. continued >>>

NAMFREL Urges COMELEC to Finish Count

May 19, 2010

The National Citizens' Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL) expresses its concern over the slowdown of the vote count and urges the COMELEC to complete the count. The count has been at a virtual standstill at slightly over 90% of the Election Returns tabulated by COMELEC and PPCRV servers, up marginally from 89% last Wednesday, May 12. The remaining Election Returns represent 7,500 PCOS machines and an estimated 4.9 million votes. The 7,500 PCOS machines have not transmitted results or have bogged down in its operations. continued >>>

NAMFREL Observations on the May 10, 2010 Elections

May 14, 2010

The 2010 Elections was a celebration of democracy by our people. By their patience and exuberance in a new process, and by the doggedness and resourcefulness of the teachers and the commitment of the COMELEC to make it work, elections did work. The National Citizens' Movement for Free Elections commends all those who played a role in the administration an conduct of the May 10, 2010 elections, most especially the teachers who served as Boards of Election Inspectors and the voters who endured difficulties and inconveniences but nonetheless accepted and the new automated system. On the whole, the new process of voting in an automated election system worked better than most people's expectations. continued >>>

Ensuring Fair Elections on May 10

The National Citizens' Movement for Free Elections believes that national elections must be held on May 10, 2010 under an automated election system that contains the proper safeguards and is backed up by sufficient manual systems which can be used where there are instances of a breakdown or failure of the automated system. When we go the polls on May 10th to elect our new leaders who will assume office on July 1 to lead our Nation forward, we expect nothing less than clean, honest, fair, and credible elections. Our future depends on it. continued >>>

Join NAMFREL BILANG NG BAYAN and help verify the results
If there is no parallel manual count, who will shine a light upon the results of the elections? Join NAMFREL BILANG NG BAYAN and help verify the results. Elections are less than a week away and Comelec has ruled out a parallel manual count which allows voters to check if the PCOS machines are counting correctly. But Comelec will be posting the results of the voting at the precinct level after voting ends, and these returns will be transmitted to canvassing centers. These results will be updated on the Comelec website periodically, but there will be no other tally to confirm these numbers. continued >>>


May 5, 2010

The National Citizens' Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL) announced today that it will be conducting its independent Bilang ng Bayan operations for the May 10 election results. The Bilang ng Bayan will be based on copies of the Election Returns which will be printed by the COMELEC's PCOS machines. Each PCOS machine will be printing 30 copies of the Election Returns at each voting precinct. The first eight copies of the Election Returns will be distributed to various COMELEC Boards of Canvassers, political parties, and accredited citizens arm. The rest of the copies will be made available to the public as well as to local political parties and local or regional media organizations. continued >>>

NAMFREL: All PCOS Machines Must Be Re-tested and Certified Error-free

May 5, 2010

In light of numerous problems which arose when PCOS machines were tested at voting centers and Smartmatic's subsequent recall of the compact flash (CF) memory cards for all PCOS machines, the National Citizens' Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL) re-emphasizes the need for stronger validation measures of the accuracy of the PCOS machines through more rigorous testing of the newly-configured CF cards, an expanded Random Manual Audit (RMA), and a parallel manual run. continued >>>

NAMFREL warns that public will not know how PCOS machines count their votes

April 28, 2010

The National Citizens' Movement for Free Elections stated today that voters will not know for sure if the PCOS machines used in the COMELEC's Automated Election System will count their votes correctly because the machines will not issue a receipt indicating a person's vote nor display on the machines' screen how that voter voted. All the machine will indicate is a "congratulatory" message to the voter that his or her ballot has been accepted by the machine. The PCOS machines will not be indicating if any of a person's votes are valid or not. continued >>>

NAMFREL: Abra Remains a Hot Spot

April 28, 2010

NAMFREL keeps track of violence-prone areas in every election that it observes since 1983. It studies their causes or what triggers the violence in each election. Too often these provinces remain the same problem areas in every election. There are a number of factors that cause election-related violence. "Political-dynasties" are a fact of Philippine political life. Elections particularly the local elections become the battleground for long standing and too often bitter rivalries among feuding families. The campaign heats up to such intensity that violence is committed by the followers of the competing families. continued >>>

COMELEC should disclose AES spending to the public

April 22, 2010

The National Citizens Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL) calls on the COMELEC to exercise transparency and accountability by fully disclosing the funds it has thus far spent for the 2010 elections. The budget for the 2010 elections has been set at at least P16.5 billion - P11.3 billion for the Automated Election System (under RA 9525 "An Act Appropriating the Sum of P11,301,790,000.00 As Supplemental Appropriations for an Automated Election System and Other Expenses" signed into law on March 23, 2009) plus the P5.21 billion appropriation for the "Automated National and Local Elections" under RA 9970, The General Appropriations Act of 2010. continued >>>

COMELEC urged to hold Random Manual Audit to ensure fairness of 2010 elections

April 22, 2010

NAMFREL maintains that a parallel random manual audit (RMA) of election returns is necessary to establish the credibility and transparency of the 2010 elections. As such, the electoral watchdog group urges the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) to take all necessary steps to ensure that the RMA is implemented, including the preparation of General Instructions (GI) for the conduct of such audit. continued >>>

NAMFREL supports call of I.T. professionals for parallel run

April 22, 2010

The National Citizens Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL) supports calls by Philippine information technology professionals for a manual parallel run of all ballots, counting only three positions of President, Vice President, and one local government official (e.g., Mayor), as a means of cross-checking and validating the accuracy of the PCOS machines. This parallel run is not meant to replace the Automated Election System and the PCOS machines but rather to crosscheck that automated and manual counts are the same. continued >>>

Number of registered voters increased by 12.7% from last election;
in ARMM 42%

April 6, 2010

The National Citizens Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL) reported today that the number of registered voters reported by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) increased by 12.65% from the 45.03 million registered in the 2007 elections to the 50.74 million registered for the May 2010 elections. There were 43.44 million voters registered in the 2004 elections, giving the 2007 elections a 3.43% increase over 2004. continued >>>

Many safeguard provisions of election automation law
are disabled or delayed

April 6, 2010

The National Citizens Movement for Free Elections or NAMFREL has once again expressed its concern over the disablement or delay of certain safeguard provisions which were originally written into the election automation law. continued >>>

The CVL is one of the weak links in the 2010 elections

April 6, 2010

The reliability of voters' lists is a persistent problem in past elections. NAMFREL has long advocated the need for a clean, accurate complete, and current Certified Voters List, (CVL) because a reliable CVL is the "guardian" of the "one person, one vote" election principle. A clean CVL has no duplicate names or multiple registrants or ineligible persons on the list such as minors and deceased persons. NAMFREL has also advocated that such a list should be made public and accessible to all voters and interested parties. continued >>>

NAMFREL advises voters to look for names on certified voters' lists and to locate their precincts

April 6, 2010

With just a little over 30 days left before elections on May 10, NAMFREL Chairman Jose L. Cuisia advises all voters to check their names in the COMELEC's Certified Voters Lists (CVL) to get beforehand the exact location of their voting precincts. continued >>>

Bantay ng Bayan: You are needed now more than ever

Bantay ng Bayan. This has always been the mission of NAMFREL. Even without COMELEC accreditation, this continues to be our mission for the May 10 elections. continued >>>

How sure are you that your vote will be counted
in the automated count?

March 25, 2010
46 days before Election Day
How sure are you that your vote will be counted in the automated count? With the automation of the May 2010 elections, the days of the yellow metal ballot boxes that used to be protected by concerned citizens are history. continued >>>

An election we can believe in
18 March 2010

We admire the COMELEC for its courage and determination in anticipating total success of the automated elections in May 2010. Indications however show that it is dangerous and reckless for the COMELEC to assume it can achieve 100% automated elections throughout the country, because many factors impinge on the automation process: eg power, telecommunications, transportation, reliability of outsourced or contracted services, etc. continued >>>

NAMFREL expresses concern with country’s readiness
for automated elections
March 12, 2010

With less than 60 days to go before more than 50 million Filipinos go to the polls the National
Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL) has expressed growing concerns about the
country’s preparedness for its first ever automated elections.

It also questions whether or not the Commission on Elections (Comelec) will meet its deadline to
ensure the success of the elections. continued >>>

The Bantay ng Bayan Role of NAMFREL and CBCP-NASSA
in the May 2010 Elections
Rendering of regular report to the people of observations, findings, and
recommendations on critical aspects of the election process as well as on the
performance of its key players; there shall be pre-election, election day, and
postelection reports
Returns to the original role it performed in 1983 when it was first engaged in the
Philippine election process continued >>>

NAMFREL Statement
February 18, 2010

Good morning ladies and gentlemen, allow me first to express my appreciation for your continued faith and support for the cause of free, fair, and credible elections through NAMFREL.

You may have read the NAMFREL statement published in the Philippine Daily Inquirer on February 10 and in the Philippine Star on February 11.


As we said in the statement, NAMFREL volunteers affirm its role and importance to be a real CITIZENS' watchdog. Our contributions to the conduct of free, fair, and credible elections, in the Philippines as well as many parts of the world, have earned us respect from past administrations, and trust from the people. Whether the Melo Comelec accredits us or not, the NAMFREL spirit is alive in all of us, and Filipinos expect us to play a significant role in ensuring that the May 2010 elections will be free fair, and
credible.  continued >>>

You Cannot Kill the Namfrel Spirit

You can deny us, but you can't make us go away.
For as long as the people seek truly free and fair elections, the light of NAMFREL shall burn brightly.

Last week, the COMELEC unanimously decided to deny NAMFREL, in partnership with the CBCP-NASSA, accreditation for the May 10, 2010 elections. This means that NAMFREL/CBCP-NASSA will not be entitled to its own copy of the election returns normally used for a parallel count, nor will it be able to officially observe the random manual precinct audit to validate the electronic results.
The May 10 elections will be the first automated polls in the country's history. But up to now, the capabilities of the new system have not been fully established. People are understandably nervous that many things could go wrong or that it would simply facilitate wholesale cheating. continued >>>

NDI's 25th anniversary film acknowledges NAMFREL (narrated by Christiane Amanpour) 

 Watch the film HERE

Volunteers affirm their commitment to free and fair elections
and to NAMFREL

NAMFREL-CBCP-NASSA’s first Regional Assembly for the 2010 elections was held on February 1 and 2 at Lancaster Hotel in Mandaluyong City, attended by volunteers from NCR, Southern Tagalog, and Bicol. Participants were briefed on the automated election, its strengths and weaknesses. The Comelec was present to make a PCOS demonstration. continued >>>

Namfrel's Position Paper on Early Voting
January 25, 2010
Position paper on Senate Bill No. 2972
authored by Senator Richard Gordon
“An Act Allowing Early Voting in National Elections, Amending for this Purpose Batas Pambansa Blg. 881,
Otherwise Known as the Omnibus Election Code of the Philippines”
by the National Citizens' Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel)
25 January 2010
continued >>>

Namfrel CBCP-NASSA Petition for Accreditation
December 16, 2009


PLDT-SMART Foundation donates to Namfrel
December 4, 2009

PLDT-SMART Foundation President Butch S. Meily hands over a donation to NAMFREL Vice Chairman Sen. Vicente T. Paterno on December 4, 2009, witnessed by continued >>>  

Namfrel Briefings

Namfrel at the University of Sto. Tomas, St. Scholastica's College, Jose Rizal University, San Beda College, Entrepreneurs School of Asia, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, La Consolacion College, UP Los Baños,
La Concordia College and Baliuag University continued >>>  

Namfrel at AKAP-Pinoy Forum

On 28 November 2009, Ms. Corazon H. Ignacio, head of NAMFREL’s Project Committee, spoke on the topic “Making Our Vote Count” at the National Disability Forum of AKAP Pinoy. continued >>>

NAMFREL Statement on the spate of recent politically motivated violence & Maguindanao massacre

November 25, 2009

The National Citizens' Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL) strongly condemns the brutal politically-motivated killings in Maguindanao of political supporters and journalists.

We call upon President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to take a firm and decisive action immediately to go after the perpetrators of this heinous crime, and for the government to consider this and other recent tragedies involving elected officials and election staff not mere election-related violence but criminal acts that need to be dealt with to the fullest extent of the law.  continued >>>

Namfrel Vice Chair Vicente Paterno at the Evangelical Leaders’ Forum

Namfrel Vice Chair Vicente Paterno briefs officers of the Philippine Council for Evangelical Churches, Philippine Ministerial Fellowship Network, and World Vision Philippines, on the 2010 automated elections and Namfrel’s role. (October 29, 2009) continued >>>  

NAMFREL chair's statement on impartiality
October 13, 2009

“After the proclamation of the Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates of the different parties such as the Liberal Party and the Lakas-Kampi, I have decided to remain neutral in the light of the ongoing discussions on
the Reproductive Health Bill which some of the candidates  continued >>>

NAMFREL selects new officers
October 7, 2009

At its meeting of 02 October 2009, the NAMFREL National Council elected Mr. Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. as the organization's new National Chairperson. Former senator Vicente T. Paterno was elected as National Vice Chairperson. continued >>>

NAMFREL prepares for new leadership
September 27, 2009

The National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL) is continuing
its preparations for the 2010 elections notwithstanding the departure of its present national chairperson.
continued >>>

NAMFREL upholds policy on non-partisanship
September 26, 2009

At its meeting of 22 September 2009 the NAMFREL National Council considered resignations individually submitted from four of its members who will actively support various candidates of their choice in the 2010 elections. The said members were Ambassador Narcisa Escaler, and Messrs. Ramon R. del Rosario, Edward Go, and Alberto Lim. continued >>>

This has reference to the news item that "MARCOS URGES ABOLITION OF NAMFREL" -
August 25, 2009

In said item Ilocos Norte Representative Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos,
Jr. was quoted as having said: “The country was deeply divided because of allegations of fraud during the 2004 and 2007 elections and Namfrel has done nothing about it. I think it’s about time we abolish Namfrel.” continued>>>

Kobe University Professors
August 24, 2009

Delegates from Japan composed of Kobe University professors who conducted a study on Philippine elections, met with the chairpersons of Namfrel to know more about the history and legacy continued>>>

NAMFREL participates in observing the 2009 Afghanistan presidential election

NAMFREL officers observed the August 20, 2009 presidential election in Afghanistan as members of the international observer team of Bangkok-based Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL), currently headed by NAMFREL council member and former NCR chairperson Mr. Damaso Magbual.  continued >>>

Cory Aquino's wake
August 2009

Namfrel officers and volunteers at the wake of former President Cory Aquino at the La Salle Greenhills gym
view photos >>>


Ang Mamamayang Pilipino – Alisto!”

July 16, 2009
Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila

continued >>>

Namfrel holds registration drive at the university belt (02-27-09)

Registration drive for first time voters last February 27, 2009, 10:00 a.m. at the San Beda College, Mendiola, Manila. continued >>>

The 2008 Namfrel National Assembly

Namfrel in the third Millennium. Its role in the 2010 elections.  continued >>>

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