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Rappler's latest stories on electoral reform


[ANALYSIS] Work on alternatives and growth, before speeding into federal system

Jun 11, 2019 - 6:30 PM

What we should be speeding up in the second half of the administration is more policy reform and economic growth, not changing parts and engines

WATCH: Senate hearing on electoral reforms

Jul 31, 2018 - 10:21 AM

On the agenda for the July 31 hearing: increase in campaign expenditures, alleged electoral fraud in 2016

Con-Com considers electing president-VP as a team

Mar 07, 2018 - 7:35 PM

The Consultative Committee members who want this provision say it would lead to less conflict and more collaborative governance

Photo by Leni Robredo Media Bureau

LIVE: House hearing on electoral reform

Aug 08, 2017 - 12:51 PM

Watch the hearing live on Rappler

Anti-Mugabe protests fizzle out amid high police presence

Sep 18, 2016 - 12:06 AM

A coalition of opposition parties under the banner of the National Electoral Reform Agenda had planned country wide demonstrations demanding reform ahead of the 2018 election

South African President Jacob Zuma (L), Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe (C) and Botswana President Ian Khama (R) gather for a group photo following an emergency meeting on the current situation in Lesotho on September 15, 2014 at the International Relationship Ministry in Pretoria. Gianluigi Guercia/AFP

Experts mull PH federalism shift, improving electoral system

Jul 17, 2016 - 2:00 PM

Academics weighed the pros and cons of adopting a federal form of government and better representation in Congress

Electing local governments: Are there other ways to do it?

May 03, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Local electoral systems across nations allow electors to vote for candidates directly including independent candidates without any need for party affiliation

CONVERSATION: Things to know before you cast that one party-list vote

May 02, 2016 - 3:59 PM

Join Rappler s conversation on how you can make that one vote in the party list election count: Monday May 2 at 6 pm Use the hashtag PHvote

Philippine and US election demographics

May 01, 2016 - 6:00 PM

This piece will dive into specific voters’ demographics that could influence the outcome of these elections With the upcoming elections in both countries will voting blocs make a winner?

Philippine and US electoral systems on the line

Apr 09, 2016 - 6:05 PM

Both the US and the Philippines could be faced with serious questions about our respective electoral systems

Electing a president: Picked by some, rejected by many

Mar 11, 2016 - 3:42 PM

Run off systems avoid this pitfall of “vote splitting” and the related problem of a president wielding vast influence on the back of a minority of the voters In the wake of a run off election the new president is elected with a much stronger popular mandate

Some candidates dishonest in campaign spending – poll watchdogs

Feb 02, 2016 - 7:49 PM

Eric Alvia of Namfrel says that to set a level playing field among all candidates we should look at state funding admittedly a difficult push

How did Binay fund his 2010 campaign?

Jan 27, 2016 - 10:56 AM

In 2010 Binay spent over P201 million on media ads during the campaign period How much can candidates actually spend?

House to vote on 'less strict' anti-political dynasty bill

Jun 09, 2015 - 4:25 PM

The bill allows family members to run in different provinces It also covers common law spouses and even illegitimate children

SET TO PASS? Fredenil Castro, chair of the House committee on suffrage and electoral reform, speaks to reporters during the weekly Ugnayan sa Batasan forum. Photo by Katerina Francisco/Rappler

Comelec on Iqbal nephew: Focus on performance

May 11, 2015 - 12:11 PM

Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista confirms that newly appointed Comelec Commissioner Sheriff Abas is a nephew of MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal

IQBAL'S NEPHEW. Comelec Commissioner Sheriff Abas (1st from left), a nephew of MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal, poses with newly appointed Commissioner Rowena Guanzon (2nd) and Commissioner Luie Guia (3rd) when Bautista visited his office on May 6, 2015. Photo courtesy of Commissioner Guanzon

Iqbal nephew? Comelec's Abas quietly takes oath

May 07, 2015 - 7:50 PM

MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal refuses to confirm or deny if newly appointed Comelec Commissioner Sheriff Abas is his nephew

MISSING MEMBER. Comelec Commissioner Sheriff Abas isn't able to join his two fellow new Comelec appointees – Chairman Andres Bautista (2nd from left) and Commissioner Rowena Guanzon (3rd) – during their oath-taking in Manila. With Bautista and Guanzon, Commissioners Christian Lim (1st) and Luie Guia (4th) also pose in this photo on May 4, 2015. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

2 bids, 1 choice to seal fate of 2016 elections

May 06, 2015 - 12:33 PM

By July the Comelec is set to decide whether to repair its existing vote counting machines or buy 100 000 new ones for the elections in 2016

POLL BODY. Four members of the seven-member Comelec – Chairman Andres Bautista (2nd from left) and Commissioners Christian Lim (1st), Rowena Guanzon (3rd), and Luie Guia (4th) – pose for photos during Bautista and Guanzon's oath-taking on May 4, 2015. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Comelec eyes buying 100,000 PCOS machines

May 05, 2015 - 5:53 PM

Newly appointed Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista says he is however interested to hear about a semi automated process proposed by critics of the poll body

NEW CHAIRMAN. Newly appointed Comelec chairman Andres Bautista (left) poses with Comelec commissioners Christian Lim (2nd from left) and Luie Guia (3rd from left) during Bautista's oath-taking. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Open up, Comelec chair once told 'gods of Faura'

May 05, 2015 - 11:22 AM

Years after he was nominated to become chief justice Comelec chair Andres Bautista finds himself in another office assailed for lack of transparency

NEW CHAIRMAN. Newly appointed elections chief Andres Bautista has pushed for transparency in the Supreme Court. Will he do the same in the Commission on Elections? Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Italy approves electoral law to end revolving door governments

May 05, 2015 - 10:13 AM

The bill will guarantee a majority of seats in parliament to the party that gets the most votes in an election through a winner s premium

CENTER OF POWER. The Deputies Chamber in Rome before the first vote for the election of the new Italian President in Rome, Italy, January 29, 2015.  Ettore Ferrari/EPA

Comelec stops purge of registered party-list groups

Feb 13, 2015 - 7:35 PM

The poll body however already cancelled the registration of 39 party list groups including Ang Ladlad and Pasang Masda

PARTY LIST. The Commission on Elections shortens its process of accrediting party-list groups for the 2016 elections. Graphic by Emil Mercado

Pimentel: Public bidding for PCOS repairs 'only way' to go

Jan 21, 2015 - 3:08 PM

For his part Comelec chief Sixto Brillantes Jr says that negotiations with Smartmatic are still underway and the contract for PCOS diagnostics has yet to be signed

PUBLIC BIDDING. Senator Koko Pimentel reiterates his call for a public bidding for PCOS diagnostics and repairs. File photo by Alex Nuevaespaña/Senate PRIB

Hong Kong democracy poll closes with nearly 800,000 votes

Jun 30, 2014 - 1:16 AM

The vote on electoral reform held days before an expected major protest seeking greater democracy for Hong Kong has angered Beijing

File photo of the Hong Kong skyline

Name-calling mars Senate hearing on 'Hello, Garci'

Jun 10, 2014 - 7:45 PM

Senator Alan Cayetano calls the Comelec chairman worse than Garci Sixto Brillantes Jr says I m about to retire in February 2015 How can I rig the 2016 polls?

FACE-OFF. Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes and Senator Alan Peter Cayetano exchanges words during a Senate hearing on the

Poe: Punish high-tech fraud or repeat 'Hello Garci'

May 28, 2014 - 7:26 PM

10 years after the Hello Garci scandal Senator Grace Poe says We need to prevent high tech election fraud from once again making a mockery of our electoral system

'GREAT INJUSTICE.' Senator Grace Poe is pushing for measures to prevent high-tech electoral fraud to prevent a repeat of the Hello Garci controversy. Photo from Poe's office

Drilon: Time to end wait for anti-dynasty bill

May 21, 2014 - 1:58 PM

Will the anti political dynasty bill have a chance of passing in the Senate after the Senate President s endorsement?

TIME'S RIPE. Senate President Franklin Drilon urges his colleagues in the dynasty-dominated Senate to consider passing the anti-political dynasty bill. File photo by Cesar Tomambo/Senate PRIB

Senate tackles anti-political dynasty bill

May 14, 2014 - 8:00 AM

The Senate committee hearing takes place one week after the House version of the anti political dynasty bill was sponsored before the plenary for the first time in 27 years

COMMITTEE HEARING. Sens. Tito Sotto, Koko Pimentel, and Grace Poe talk to resource persons during the hearing of the Senate committee of electoral reforms on Tuesday, May 13. Photo by Michael Bueza/Rappler

Police, NGOs discuss definitions of election-related incidents

Feb 28, 2014 - 5:47 PM

The Philippine National Police classifies election related incidents that took place within and outside the election period in preparation for the 2016 national polls

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION. The Consortium on Electoral Reforms on Thursday, February 27, held a roundtable discussion with the Philippine National Police and other election stakeholders to better define election-related incidents. Photo by Michael Bueza/Rappler

Back to zero: Re-registration of all voters proposed

Feb 20, 2014 - 5:35 PM

If we want an efficient voting system says Senator Koko Pimentel it will be dependent on a good reliable trustworthy voters list

ELECTORAL REFORMS. Senator Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel preside over a hearing of the Senate committee on electoral reforms on Thursday, February 20. Photo by Michael Bueza/Rappler

Pimentel: Comelec stats don't reflect realities of vote buying

Feb 18, 2014 - 6:45 PM

Even if there is a low number of cases the fact [is] that vote buying is already a curse plaguing the elections the senator says during a hearing

BEYOND STATS. Even if the numbers are low, Sen Koko Pimentel says vote buying is "already a curse plaguing the elections." File photo by Alex Nuevaespaña/Senate PRIB

Political parties? What we have are cliques – Osmeña

Feb 17, 2014 - 7:40 PM

Comelec says they are limited by current laws on the definition of parties to accredit The legislature will have to pass amendments

Anti-political dynasty bill hurdles House committee

Nov 20, 2013 - 3:22 PM

Approved after 27 years the bill seeks to prohibit relatives to hold or run for national and local office in successive simultaneous or overlapping terms

Moro watchdog gets Comelec nod

Feb 20, 2013 - 4:34 PM

The newly accredited group will guard the ARMM elections when it is for the first time synchronized with national and other local polls

Want reforms? Arrest vote buyers –Padaca

Dec 12, 2012 - 9:23 PM

It s a curse that gives us leaders with lots of money but too little qualifications

EYEING REFORMS. Comelec commissioner Grace Padaca is eyeing electoral reforms. Photo by Geric Cruz.