February 15, 2007 · Posted in: 2007 Elections, Civil Society

Let the monitoring begin

AS election season kicks into full swing, the clamor for free and fair elections is growing louder.

The CBCP has called for credible and orderly polls, while the Money and Politics Working Group (MAP-Work) announced a pilot project that will track expenditures by candidates in selected electoral contests throughout the country.

CONTESTED POSITIONS IN 2007 MID-TERM ELECTIONS
Senate
12 out of 24 seats
House of Representatives (single district representation)
at least 214 seats
House of Representatives (party-list)
a maximum of 53 seats

Last Monday, electoral reform advocates led by the Consortium for Electoral Reforms (CER) launched Bantay-Eleksyon 2007 (People’s Coalition to Monitor the 2007 Elections).

The coalition counts some 22 civil-society organizations among its members, including the Institute for Popular Democracy, Task Force Detainees of the Philippines, and Philippine Ecumenical Action for Peace and Development.

It aims to conduct a comprehensive monitoring, from electoral preparations to post-proclamation protests.

Using international standards based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Bantay-Eleksyon “seeks to determine to what degree the 2007 elections conforms to the requirements of a free and fair election.” Based on the same standards, it also “seeks to determine to what degree the Commission on Elections performs its duties as election manager in a neutral, impartial or balanced manner.”

Aside from this, Bantay-Eleksyon will also look into campaign financing, electoral violence, voter registration, and poll watching.

Read the Bantay-Eleksyon statement.

4 Responses to Let the monitoring begin

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Mita

February 19th, 2007 at 12:58 pm

Thank you for featuring this. I think it’s very newsworthy and this is the first I’ve read of it. Hope you’ll follow the results, especially the monitoring of campaign expenditures.

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Isa Lorenzo

February 20th, 2007 at 3:20 pm

Thanks Mita.

We plan on posting updates about the findings of different monitoring organizations as these come.

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