CA okays secret voting a day before Lopez, Yasay confirmation hearing

Mar 07, 2017 - 2:39 PM

Asked about transparency Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III says individual members can divulge their own votes

SECRET VOTING. The Commission on Appointments changes rules to allow secret voting, a day before the confirmation hearings of controversial Cabinet secretaries Perfecto Yasay Jr and Gina Lopez. File photo from CA website

After defeat, ER Ejercito to push for recall election in Laguna

May 13, 2016 - 9:13 PM

ER Ejercito who has lost to Ramil Hernandez claims that there were anomalies in the 2016 Laguna gubernatorial election

LAGUNA ELECTIONS. Laguna provincial board of canvassers proclaim Ramil Hernandez as new Laguna governor.

Robin Padilla issues statement on alleged Comelec violation

May 10, 2016 - 8:44 PM

The actor s lawyer says he did not violate any rule

Voting ends near midnight in Cebu town

May 10, 2016 - 1:48 AM

Cordova town in Cebu extends voting due to misdelivered ballots Citizen journalists report vote buying and poll violations in northern Cebu and a VCM mishap in Lapu Lapu City

Ex-Comelec exec on 2016 polls: 'Vote-buying now is just crazy’

May 07, 2016 - 5:15 PM

Automated [elections] eliminated some forms of cheating but it increased the number of incidents of vote buying says former Comelec commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal

2016 ELECTIONS. Former Commission on Elections Gregorio Larrazabal weighs in on the 2016 elections and Comelec preparations on Rappler Talk on May 7, 2016

#PHVote Top of the Hour | 04 May 2016, 9PM

May 04, 2016 - 9:28 PM

INC set to endorse Duterte and Marcos Businessmen and industry leaders say the Philippines is ready for any president Trillanes says Filipinos will be shortchanged if Duterte becomes president

How to prevent cheating with the vote-counting machines

May 04, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Know the weak features of this animal called the VCM that the unscrupulous might exploit on election day

VOTING MACHINES. The Philippines' vote-counting machines for May 9, 2016 have been manufactured by Smartmatic, which provided the same machines in the Philippines' first two automated elections. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Ballots arrive in Cebu City; poll preparations on track

May 03, 2016 - 11:02 PM

A total of 450 boxes of ballots will be delivered to the voting centers in the north district while the 387 will be for the south district

ELECTION PARAPHERNALIA. More than 830 boxes arrive in Cebu City on May 2, 2016. They are being kept at the city treasurer’s office at city hall. Photo by Amper Campaña/Sun.Star

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May 03, 2016 - 8:00 PM

Duterte to seek help from economic minds BEIs vulnerable without replacement ballot guide Poe hits Aquino over “inefficiency”

Without rules for ballot replacement, BEIs vulnerable – PPCRV

May 03, 2016 - 3:05 PM

The Comelec says it will specify guidelines for issuing replacement ballots but the PPCRV says the guidelines have yet to be released 6 days before the polls

VOTING PROCESS. The PPCRV raises concerns over several changes in the voting process that the poll watchdog says were made too late in the election preparations. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

#AnimatED: Credible election as final arbiter

May 02, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Comelec needs to redeem itself on May 9 and beyond

9 overseas voters face probe over ballot selfies

Apr 30, 2016 - 5:11 PM

Anyone found guilty of taking selfies with a ballot on election day can spend up to 6 years in jail

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Apr 28, 2016 - 12:54 PM

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It's final: Jail awaits voters with 'frivolous' complaints

Apr 28, 2016 - 10:52 AM

UPDATED The Comelec has now found a provision in the law that supports its rule against frivolous objections

MOCK POLLS. Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista inspects a vote-counting machine during the mock elections held in Manila, Philippines, on February 13, 2016. Photo by Mark Cristino/EPA

Despite objections, Comelec OKs replacement ballots

Apr 28, 2016 - 8:55 AM

The Comelec says voters can get only one replacement ballot if it s not their fault that vote counting machines rejected their original ballots

PPCRV opposes Comelec ballot replacement rule

Apr 26, 2016 - 10:36 AM

Poll watchdog PPCRV also rejects the new Comelec rule that classifies frivolous objections as an election offense

ELECTION PARTNERS. Comelec Chair Andres Bautista and PPCRV Chair Henrietta de Villa speak on the sidelines of a demonstration of vote-counting machines for diplomats on April 4, 2016. Photo courtesy of Comelec EID

Comelec divided on rules 2 weeks before polls

Apr 25, 2016 - 8:05 PM

Commissioner Christian Lim joins Commissioner Sheriff Abas in opposing a rule that allows voters to get replacement ballots

TRAINING TEACHERS. Public school teachers in Tarlac undergo training on March 12, 2016, to learn operating vote-counting machines for the May 9 elections. Rules in polling precincts, however, remain uncertain two weeks before the presidential polls. Photo by Dax Simbol/Rappler

Escudero urges Comelec inventory of voter list

Apr 23, 2016 - 8:18 PM

If the hackers were able to get it out they must have also the added to the list says the vice presidential candidate

CDO SORTIE. Senator Francis Escudero answers questions at a news briefing in Cagayan de Oro City on April 22, 2016. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Another Comelec exec questions new ballot rule

Apr 21, 2016 - 7:58 AM

In a memorandum obtained by Rappler Comelec Commissioner Sheriff Abas says the ballot replacement rule might eventually disenfranchise voters

REPLACEMENT BALLOTS. The Comelec allows voters to get replacement ballots if, through no fault of their own, the vote-counting machine rejects their original ballots. But at least two Comelec commissioners have questioned this rule. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Comelec hit for lack of urgency, 'cosmetic reforms'

Apr 19, 2016 - 7:55 PM

Election lawyer Emil Marañon III says the Comelec seems obsessed with superficial and cosmetic reforms at the expense of critical matters

FACING CRITICISM. The Commission on Elections under Chairman Andres Bautista faces criticism for lack of urgency in its preparations. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

The problem with Comelec's idea of replacement ballots

Apr 19, 2016 - 4:25 PM

A projected scenario where only 75 will vote and 25 will not vote is at best speculative You don t draw a policy on the basis of such speculation

NEW RULE. The Commission on Elections allows voters to get replacement ballots if the vote-counting machine rejects their ballots and it's not their fault. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Comelec ballot rule may rob voters of right to vote

Apr 16, 2016 - 8:59 PM

The most senior Comelec Commissioner Christian Lim disagrees with the new ballot rule hinting it can also be used for cheating

NEW RULE. The Commission on Elections allows voters to get replacement ballots if the vote-counting machine rejects their ballots and it's not their fault. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Comelec prints 56.77M ballots in record speed

Apr 09, 2016 - 4:45 PM

Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista says this should quell fears about ballot printing after it was delayed at least 3 times

BALLOTS PACKED. The Commission on Elections says it has finished printing these ballots for the May 9 elections two weeks ahead of schedule. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

SC won't stop printing of Laguna ballots

Apr 05, 2016 - 9:18 PM

The High Court en banc has decided to seek the comment of the Commission on Elections on the issue

WITHDRAW. Jorge Antonio Genaro Ejercito claims he has already withdrawn from the Laguna gubernatorial elections even before the printing of ballots started. Photo from Ejercito's Facebook page.

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Mar 23, 2016 - 7:04 PM

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Comelec: Vote receipts for 2016 legally useless

Mar 19, 2016 - 8:00 AM

Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista says using simple receipts at least ‘gives comfort to the voter’ that the machine counted his or her votes

'LEGALLY USELESS.' Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista says the voting receipts to be printed on May 9 cannot be used in the random manual audit of votes. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Why SC denied Comelec appeal vs vote receipts

Mar 18, 2016 - 6:00 PM

The Supreme Court says the Comelec for one confirmed it can issue vote receipts without postponing the May 9 elections

COMELEC DEMO. The Commission on Elections demonstrates the printing of receipts from vote-counting machines during oral arguments in the Supreme Court on March 17, 2016. Photo courtesy of Francisco S. Gutierrez III/SC PIO

SC denies Comelec appeal vs voting receipts

Mar 17, 2016 - 1:37 PM

6th UPDATE The Commission on Elections says it submits to the Supreme Court as it vows to hold the elections on May 9 despite this loss

In this file photo the Commission on Elections gives a demonstration on the security features of the new Vote Counting Machines at the Pope Piux XII Catholic Center in Manila on Monday, January 25, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Why Comelec failed to defend itself before SC: 'We were busy'

Mar 10, 2016 - 8:15 PM

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno says being a ‘very very important’ agency is not an excuse for the Comelec to take the Supreme Court’s orders lightly

'LACKADAISICAL' COMELEC? Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista says the poll body was busy so it failed to defend itself before the SC on voting receipts. File photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

Despite 'hiccups,' more than 10M ballots printed – Comelec

Feb 29, 2016 - 8:30 PM

This is nearly 20 of the 56 77 million ballots needed for the May 9 elections as of February 29

PRINTING BEGINS. The government on February 15, 2016, starts printing nearly 57 million ballots for the May 9 national and local elections. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Comelec omits Miriam Santiago's party from some ballots

Feb 18, 2016 - 7:38 PM

The presidential candidate wants ballots without the name of her party – the People s Reform Party – to be invalidated

THIRD TRY. Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago files her third COC for the presidency. Photo by Czeasar Dancel/Rappler

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Feb 16, 2016 - 12:37 PM

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After delays, gov't starts printing 57M ballots

Feb 15, 2016 - 7:00 PM

The Comelec vows to finish printing the ballots by April 25 the original deadline after ballot printing was delayed 3 times

PRINTING BEGINS. The government on February 15, 2016, starts printing nearly 57 million ballots for the May 9 national and local elections. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

It’s final: Grace Poe's name is on the 2016 ballot

Feb 15, 2016 - 6:33 PM

The Comelec releases the final list of presidential candidates for the May polls It also includes the name of Roy Señeres who died before the campaign started

SHORTER BALLOT. Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista says the ballot for 2016 (right) – which includes presidential aspirant Senator Grace Poe – is shorter than the versions used in previous elections. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Comelec's ballot printing delayed again

Jan 26, 2016 - 5:06 PM

Already pressed for time the poll body reschedules the printing of ballots to February 8

BALLOT PRINTING. Over 57 million ballots will be printed for the 2016 elections. File photo by Rappler/John Javellana

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Jan 21, 2016 - 7:03 PM

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NBA: Retiring Bryant tops early All-Star balloting

Dec 26, 2015 - 7:43 AM

Bryant has more votes than LeBron and Durant combined

EXPLAINER: What happens if Poe doesn't get TRO before printing of ballots?

Dec 25, 2015 - 11:15 PM

The Philippines has a flawed election system where the law does not give the Comelec and the Supreme Court ample time to hear and resolve hundreds of pre election cases

Ballot to include 185 party-list groups – for now

Dec 05, 2015 - 7:46 PM

These groups will join a raffle on December 14 to determine their order on the ballot the Comelec says

Petition filed to exclude Grace Poe from 2016 ballot

Dec 02, 2015 - 6:53 PM

The Comelec says that if there is a case that has not been resolved with finality the tendency will be to include the candidate s name

RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT. Senator Grace Poe waves to supporters after filing her certificate of candidacy at the Commission on Elections office in Manila, Philippines, on October 15, 2015. Photo by Francis Malasig/EPA

‘More potent’ petition seeks to bar Poe from Palace forever

Dec 02, 2015 - 6:16 PM

We expect a victory also the petitioner s camp says a day after a Comelec division disqualified Poe

LEADING ASPIRANT. Philippine presidential candidate Senator Grace Poe addresses the crowd during the announcement of the senatorial lineup of their independent party for the 2016 elections in Manila, Philippines, on October 29, 2015. Photo by Mark Cristino/EPA

Comelec to decide if 2016 ballot will include Grace Poe

Dec 02, 2015 - 2:02 PM

This story is not yet over the Comelec spokesman says referring to a Comelec division s disqualification of Poe

DISQUALIFIED BET. The Commission on Elections says leading presidential aspirant Senator Grace Poe can no longer run for president in the 2016 elections. File photo by Mark Cristino/EPA

Greece will elect 'fighting government', usher in 'new era' – Tsipras

Sep 20, 2015 - 3:38 PM

Polls open at 0400 GMT in the cliffhanger vote pitting Tsipras s radical left Syriza party against the conservative New Democracy bloc headed by tough talking ex lawyer and defense minister Vangelis Meimarakis

TSIPRAS VOTING. Alexis Tsipras, former greek prime minister and leader of the radical feft party SYRIZA, casts his ballot during the Parliamentary elections, in Athens, Greece, September 20, 2015. Photo by Orestis Panagiotou/EPA

Webcams proposed to guard 2016 ballots

May 29, 2015 - 6:54 PM

The Commission on Elections mulls the semi automated process proposed by an election watchdog

SC ruling may render 82,000 PCOS useless

Apr 22, 2015 - 7:10 PM

The SC s ruling thrusts the Comelec into a major crisis that might mean the Philippines will return to manual voting in election precincts

MAJOR CRISIS. The Supreme Court's recent ruling means that for now, the Philippines cannot use its 82,000 precinct count optical scan or PCOS machines. File photo by John Javellana

Pro-nuclear candidate is new Tokyo governor

Feb 09, 2014 - 8:19 PM

Former labor minister Yoichi Masuzoe who is backed by the government and is pro nuclear wins the election for Tokyo governor

NEW GOVERNOR. Former cabinet minister and new Tokyo governor Yoichi Masuzoe and his wife Masami cast their ballots at a polling station in this file photo. Agence France-Presse

Comelec, Lente cite 30 ‘isolated incidents’

Oct 28, 2013 - 7:06 PM

Reports of ballot box snatching delays in poll center opening disruptions in precinct operations and physical harm on individuals were addressed immediately

GETTING READY. Election officials wait for their assigned poll materials in Lian municipal office in Batangas on October 28, 2013. Photo by Dennis Sabangan / EPA

Church tells faithful: Vote Catholic

May 13, 2013 - 3:13 PM

Church groups distribute ballots and flyers endorsing pro Catholic candidates

Voter gets pre-shaded ballot

May 13, 2013 - 1:16 PM

I saw it was filled out already he says

PRE-SHADED. First-time voter Raymond Ramirez of Sta. Mesa, Manila claims to have received a pre-shaded ballot upon voting. Photo by Rappler/Patricia Evangelista

Polls to push through in South Cotabato town

May 12, 2013 - 12:55 PM

A local Comelec official had threatened to suspend the elections on May 13 if the number of ballots had been short by even one