COMELEC CITIZENS' ARM

COMELEC accredits ONE VOTE MOVEMENT

Aside from PPCRV, NAMFREL, on January 25, 2013 the Commission on Elections accredited One Vote Movement as additional Comelec Citizens’ Arm.

Resolution SPP No. 12-204 provides that the following are the duties and responsibilities of One Vote in coordination and cooperation with the other duly accredited- citizens' arm and subject to the limitations as may be provided by the Commission:

1.       It may conduct poll watching in various precincts;
2.    It may provide assistance to the voters on election day most especially to the senior citizens, persons with disabilities, pregnant women; detainees, indigenous peoples and
other members of the vulnerable sectors; and,
3.  It may assist the Commission in voters' information and education drives in every municipality, city and provinces most especially in far-flung areas and to sectors which experience inaccessibility in getting information from the Commission.

In coordination and cooperation with the duly accredited citizens' arm and subject to such conditions as this Commission may impose, the Commission undertakes the following:

1.  Furnish One Vote Movement the electronic copies of the following (i) the computerized
Voter's List; and (ii) Project of Precincts for the effective discharge of its responsibility.
2. Allow One Vote Movement to witness the examination and testing of the equipment or device to be used in the voting and counting on the day of the electoral exercise before voting starts as provided by Section 10 of RA 8436, as amended by Section 12 of RA 9369.
3. Authorize One Vote Movement to undertake a widespread stakeholder education and training program to educate the public and fully inform the electorate about the automated election system provided that the modules to be used in these undertakings should first be approved by the Education and Information Department (EID) .of this Commission.
4.    Provide a copy of the following to One Vote Movement: (i) permanent list of voters per precinct in each city and/or municipality consisting of all registered voters residing within the territorial jurisdiction of every precinct indicated by the precinct maps; (ii) the
national central file under the custody of the Commission consisting of third copies of all
approved voter registration records; (iii) list of deactivated, reactivated and/or cancelled
voters.

The ONE VOTE MOVEMENT as citizens' arm is hereby GRANTED, subject to the following conditions:

1.     That it shall be subject to the direct and immediate control and supervision and shall comply with all the lawful orders of the Commission in the performance of its specific functions and activities provided by law, and such other functions;
2.      That it is not supporting any candidate, political party, organization, or coalition of political parties;
3.    That it shall strictly remain non-partisan and impartial during the registration and election periods.
4.    That it is not supported by or under the influence of any foreign government or any of its agencies or instrumentalities, or from any foreigner, whether natural or juridical person;
5.   That it shall not solicit or receive, directly or indirectly, any contribution or aid of whatever form or nature from' any foreign government, or any of its agencies or instrumentalities, or from any foreigner, whether natural or juridical persons; .
6.  That it does not seek to achieve its objectives, goals or programs through violence or other unlawful means, nor aim to propagate any ideology opposed to the principles of a republican and democratic government;
7.   That it undertakes to police its ranks and prevent infiltration by persons or group of persons who may, directly or indirectly, destroy its character of nonpartisanship and impartiality;
8.     That it shall submit to the Commission a list of its responsible officials and other officers
constituting its boards and there shall be no changes therein without the approval of the Commission;
9. That it shall make available to the Commission its personnel, facilities, equipment, papers and effects and coordinate its activity with other accredited citizens' arm of the Commission;
10.That it shall submit a written report of its activities/operations and its observation of the
May 13, 2013 elections within one (l) month after said elections;
11. That the Commission may delegate other duties and responsibilities as it may deem necessary; and,
12.That this accreditation shall be deemed automatically revoked in case it violates any of the conditions herein set forth.




The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) in a resolution, granted accreditation to the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) as citizens’ arm of the Commission in connection with the May 13, 2013 National and Local Elections.
In Resolution SPP No. 12-197, the COMELEC said the PPCRV has “established its track record as one of the Commission’s staunch allies in ensuring clean, orderly, peaceful and honest elections.”
“The Commission recognizes PPCRV as one of the organizations which has established its membership and structure all over the Philippines and has demonstrated its capacity to promote public interest,” it said.
As a result of its accreditation, the PPCRV, has the following duties:
·         To conduct poll watching in various precincts
·         To provide assistance to the voters on election day most especially to the senior citizens; persons with disabilities; pregnant women; detainees; indigenous peoples and other members of the vulnerable sectors
·         To assist the Commission in voters’ information and education drives in every municipality, city and provinces most especially in far-flung areas and to sectors which experience inaccessibility in getting information from the Commission.
On the other hand, the COMELEC is duty-bound to furnish the PPCRV with the electronic copies of the Computerized Voters List and the Project of Precincts for the effective discharge of its responsibility. The Fourth (4th) copy of the Election Returns printed by the PCOS Machine prior to transmission for the conduct of an unofficial count shall also be furnished to the PPCRV.
In its Petition for Accreditation, the PPCRV stated that it has a “mass based constituency composed of individuals of voting age and registered voters, with operating chapters based in the various parishes in provinces, cities and municipalities throughout the country, which carry out all orders, instructions and/or directives promulgated by the PPCRV’s National Executive Board (NEB). The Council’s membership has grown in number as shown in the 2010 Automated National and Local Elections where 657,000 PPCRV members and volunteers from 3,333 parishes nationwide participated in poll watching and election related activities.” 



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