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Comelec gearing up for 2020 barangay polls

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By Minka Klaudia Tiangco

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is now preparing for the barangay elections next year, only two weeks after the national and local polls.

Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez speaks during the Manila Bulletin’s Kapihan sa MB forum on Friday. (JANSEN ROMERO / MANILA BULLETIN)

Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez speaks during the Manila Bulletin’s Kapihan sa MB forum on Friday.
(JANSEN ROMERO / MANILA BULLETIN)

“We’re doing already the planning for the barangay elections. Which means tuloy-tuloy lang ang trabaho (the work continues),” said Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez.

Jimenez said the Comelec cannot reuse the materials like ballot boxes, ballots, and marking pens used in the midterm polls because they are different from what is to be used in the barangay elections.

The Comelec spokesman also said they started their preparations this early because Commissioners Luie Tito Guia and Al Parreno will be retiring from the election commission.

“It can be remembered that during the time of former chairman Sixto Brillantes, he kept his hands off six months before the elections. On the other hand, during the time of Christian Lim, all the way up to the point that he retired, he was still active,” he said in Filipino.

Meanwhile, Jimenez said the Comelec will be discussing the faulty equipment and server glitches that marred the May 13 national and local elections in a post evaluation meeting.

However, he is unsure if there will be a third party who will probe malfunction incidents and said he will wait for the announcement from the Implementation Committees.

The Comelec will be facing a Senate probe on the technical glitches that transpired in the midterm polls.

About 1,000 SD cards and up to 600 vote counting machines did not work during the elections.

The transparency server also experienced a data “bottleneck,” which delayed the release of election results for seven hours, investigation by the Comelec and the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting showed. #MatalinongBoto2019

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