#TalkThursday: Comelec and the 2013 elections
MANILA, Philippines - With four more days left before election day, Commission on Elections spokesperson James Jimenez talks to Rappler about the campaign season and the homestretch ahead.
Election season is fraught with road blocks for the Comelec. On April 5, the Supreme Court ruled the party list race isn't only for marginalized sectors, debunking an argument the Comelec previously used to disqualify 54 party-list groups. Weeks later, on April 16, the Supreme Court again votes against Comelec, stopping it from implementing airtime limits on political ads.
On Wednesday, the High Court also issues a Temporary Restraining Order stopping the implementation of the liquor ban from May 9 to 11, limiting it to only two days. Another Comelec ruling-- the money ban-- comes under fire from the Central Bank and the banking community. Bank officials say it requires violating bank secrecy laws.
Doubts over the accuracy of the PCOS machines count also arise after discrepancies from the mock polls conducted in February are revealed.
How ready is the Comelec? How does it view these setbacks on the legal front?
Watch the interview below.