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Official NAMFREL Statement on the Issues Raised on the Results
of the 2022 National and Local Elections
September 7, 2023

NAMFREL is issuing this statement firstly, to clarify its position on the issues raised and, secondly, to give its point of view on the very serious allegation of fraud attending the 2022 National and Local Elections.

Call to Action on the 2025 Automated Election System
July 31, 2023

With the budget process for the 2025 Automated Election System (AES) scheduled to begin in July 2023 and procurement by 2024, the undersigned stakeholders call on the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) to adopt for the 2025 Automated Election System (AES) the standards of transparency, cost-effectiveness, accessibility and inclusivity, reliability, security, safety, and fairness, and for Congress and the Government Procurement Policy Board to adopt before the end of 2023 the procurement law reforms necessary to further the standard of cost-effectiveness. These standards are all technology neutral: they apply whatever hardware, software, and mode of counting are adopted.

Cover letter for the media for the Call to Action
July 31, 2023


NAMFREL Report on the Observation of the 2023 Carmona, Cavite Plebiscite
July 21, 2023

On July 8, 2023, a Plebiscite was held in Carmona, Cavite when 31,632 out of 58,691 registered voters from 14 barangays went to 116 clustered precincts in 10 voting centers to cast their vote to ratify the conversion of the municipality into a component city.

Cover letter to Chair George Erwin Garcia re Carmona Plebiscite Report
July 21, 2023


PRESS RELEASE
Election Stakeholders Call For A More Transparent, More Credible Philippine Elections
June 2, 2023

MANILA CITY - Over 90 representatives from civil society organizations, the academe, political parties, electoral reform advocates, and the media gathered to discuss how to enhance the Automated Election System (AES) for the 2025 National and Local Elections, and address other important matters related to the Philippine elections such as the transparency of the vote count, the credibility of the machines, campaign rules, and the compensation of teachers as poll workers.

NAMFREL Report on the Observation of the March 18, 2023 Marawi Plebiscites
April 18, 2023

NAMFREL Cover Letter to Report on the Observation of the Marawi Plebiscites
(March 18, 2023)

April 18, 2023

NAMFREL Report on the Observation of the 2023 Cavite District 7 Special Election
(February 25,  2023)

March 24, 2023

NAMFREL Cover Letter to Report on the Observation of the Cavite Special Election
(February 25, 2023)

March 24, 2023

PRESS RELEASE
NAMFREL Bantay ng Bayan UPDATE #2
March 18, 2023, 6pm

NAMFREL releases update on its observations on the conduct of the 2023 Marawi Plebiscites.

PRESS RELEASE
NAMFREL Bantay ng Bayan UPDATE #1
March 18, 2023, 1:30pm

NAMFREL releases preliminary observations on the 2023 Marawi Plebiscites.

PRESS RELEASE
March 9, 2023
NAMFREL on the passage of the Bangsamoro Electoral Code

NAMFREL welcomes the passage by the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) Parliament of the Bangsamoro Electoral Code, as announced today, 9 March 2023.

NAMFREL Report on the Observation of the 2022-2023 Resumption of Voter Registration
March 2, 2023

Introduction
NAMFREL's observation of the 2022-2023 Voter Registration process aimed to gather verified and
concrete information on the conduct of registration at the local level, to be used by NAMFREL in
crafting policy recommendations to further improve the different processes related to Philippine
electoral exercises, especially the voter registration process. The activity was in line with
NAMFREL's goal to help assist the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in getting as many Filipinos
as possible to register for the 2023 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (2023 BSKE),
as well as to provide a third-party citizen oversight of electoral processes. The activity was done in
coordination with local Comelec offices, and in accordance with health regulations in place.

PRESS RELEASE
NAMFREL Bantay ng Bayan UPDATE #2
February 25, 2023, 1030pm

NAMFREL releases update on its observations on the conduct of the Cavite District 7 Special Election
for District Representative

PRESS RELEASE
NAMFREL Bantay ng Bayan UPDATE #1
February 25, 2023, 1pm

NAMFREL releases preliminary observations on the 2023 Cavite District 7 Special Election for District Representative

NAMFREL Report on the Observation of the 2022 Baliwag Plebiscite
January 17, 2023

Introduction
On December 17, 2022, a Plebiscite was held in Baliwag, Bulacan, during which 23,562 out of 108,572 registered voters from 27 barangays went to 200 clustered precincts in 26 voting centers to decide whether or not to ratify the conversion of the municipality into a component city. A YES vote meant agreement to cityhood status, while a NO vote meant disagreement. The plebiscite was done manually, with voters writing their answer on a paper ballot, and the votes counted manually in the polling places by members of Plebiscite Committees or PlebComs.

PRESS RELEASE
NAMFREL Bantay ng Bayan UPDATE #2
December 17, 2022, 7pm
NAMFREL releases update on its observations on the conduct of the 2022 Baliwag Plebiscite

PRESS RELEASE
NAMFREL Bantay ng Bayan UPDATE #1
December 17, 2022, 1pm
NAMFREL releases preliminary observations on the 2022 Baliwag Plebiscite

NAMFREL 2022 NLE REPORT(FINAL,DIGITAL)  
 

NAMFREL Report on the Observation of the 2022 Ormoc Plebiscite
November 8, 2022

Introduction
On October 8, 2022, a Plebiscite was held in Ormoc City when 10,209 voters from 29 barangays went to the Ormoc City Central School to cast their vote to ratify the merger of twenty-eight (28) barangays into three (3) and the renaming of one (1) barangay, all located in the city center. This was the ultimate legal requirement in the redistricting of the city center into what will be called four (4) super barangays. Ormoc City has one hundred ten (110) barangays, which will bring down the number to eighty-five (85) if the YES proposition is ratified.

PRESS RELEASE
October 19, 2022
NAMFREL submits position paper with comments on the Bangsamoro Electoral Code

The National Citizens' Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL) has submitted to the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) Parliament its position paper on BTA Bill No. 29 or “An Act Providing for the Bangsamoro Electoral Code of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao” or the Bangsamoro Electoral Code (BEC).

NAMFREL Report on the Observation of the 2022 Maguindanao Plebiscite
October 17, 2022

Introduction
Republic Act No. 11550 (R.A. 11550) provides for the charter of the new provinces of Maguindanao del Norte and Maguindanao del Sur, which shall be created from the existing province of Maguindanao.

NAMFREL Bantay ng Bayan UPDATE #2
October 8, 2022, 4:20PM
Polls closed; canvassing of results commences at the 2022 Ormoc Plebiscite

Polls closed at 3PM and the counting process commenced immediately afterwards. As of this writing, the canvassing process has already started.

NAMFREL Bantay ng Bayan UPDATE #1
October 8, 2022 1:15PM
NAMFREL releases preliminary observations on the 2022 Ormoc Plebiscite

Voting ran smoothly and orderly during the first half of the Plebiscite Day among 35 polling precincts within the single voting center at Ormoc City Central School.

October 7, 2022
NAMFREL releases pre-plebiscite day observations on the 2022 Ormoc Plebiscite

The National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL) having been accredited by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) as citizens’ arm presents its pre-plebiscite day observations on the Ormoc Plebiscite to be held on Saturday, October 8, 2022 to ratify City Ordinance No. 052 Series of 2021 merging 28 barangays into 3 and renaming one barangay.

NAMFREL Bantay ng Bayan UPDATE #3
September 18, 2022, 11:30am

NAMFREL releases update on its observation of the provincial canvassing of results for the 2022 Maguindanao Plebiscite
The Provincial Board of Canvassers reconvened today, September 18, to canvass the Municipal Canvass reports. By 9am, 27 Municipal Canvass Reports were received, with the Municipal Board of Canvassers of the Municipality of Shariff Aguak first to submit at 8pm last night, September 17.

NAMFREL Bantay ng Bayan UPDATE #2
September 17, 2022, 9:30pm

NAMFREL releases update on its observations on the conduct of the 2022 Maguindanao Plebiscite
The National Citizens' Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL) released a second update on its observations on the conduct of the September 17, 2022 Maguindanao Plebiscite. NAMFREL was accredited by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) as citizens' arm for the plebiscite, and it deployed more than a hundred volunteers in voting centers in the different municipalities of Maguindanao. The second update cover the closing and counting processes in the polling places as well as the municipal canvassing that is still ongoing in some municipalities as of writing. Observations are being sent in by authorized NAMFREL observers electronically and through paper forms.

NAMFREL Bantay ng Bayan UPDATE #1
September 17, 2022, 1:00pm

NAMFREL releases preliminary observations on the 2022 Maguindanao Plebiscite
The National Citizens' Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL) released its preliminary observations on the conduct of the September 17, 2022 Maguindanao Plebiscite, as observed by its volunteers who are currently onsite in different voting centers across the province. NAMFREL was accredited by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) as citizens' arm for the plebiscite, and it deployed more than a hundred volunteers observing in voting centers in the different municipalities of Maguindanao. The preliminary observations cover the opening procedures as well as the first few hours of voting, including arrangements inside the voting centers. Observations are being sent in by authorized NAMFREL observers electronically and through paper forms.

PRESS RELEASE
August 22, 2022

NAMFREL Counters Arguments for BSKE Postponement and Urges COMELEC to Exercise Power to Decide When to Hold BSKE
NAMFREL repeats its call for the holding of the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan
Elections (BSKE) on 5 December 2022, as mandated under Republic Act No. 11462, and
takes this opportunity to counter the arguments in favor of postponement as raised during
the 16 August 2022 hearing of the House of Representatives Committee on Suffrage and
Electoral Reforms.

PRESS RELEASE
August 15, 2022

NAMFREL urges Congress to rethink the voter registration process
In a report on its observation of the recently concluded resumption of voter registration, submitted to the COMELEC on August 10 and a copy of which was sent to the Senate and the House of Representatives, NAMFREL urges Congress to amend current laws or pass new laws to fundamentally change the country's voter registration process.

NAMFREL Report on the Limited Observation of the Resumption of Voter Registration
August 10, 2022

NAMFREL's limited observation of the 2022 Voter Registration process aimed to gather verified and concrete information on the conduct of registration at the local level, to be used by NAMFREL in crafting policy recommendations to further improve the different processes related to Philippine electoral exercises, especially the voter registration process.

POSITION PAPER
August 8, 2022

Young NAMFREL Members on the 2022 BSKE
We, young NAMFREL members, urge Congress to allow the Barangay and
Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE) to push through on December 5, 2022.

PRESS STATEMENT
July 20, 2022

NAMFREL Calls for the Holding of the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections on December 5, 2022 As Scheduled
NAMFREL urges Congress to let the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE) proceed, as scheduled under Republic Act No. (R.A.) 11462, on 5 December 2022.

PRESS RELEASE
July 18, 2022

NAMFREL’s Preliminary Report: 2022 Elections Went Smoothly, But Not Without Issues

NAMFREL releases to the public the Executive Summary to its Preliminary Report on the
May 2022 National and Local Elections (NLE). The Report was submitted last month to
the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) in compliance with the terms of NAMFREL’s
accreditation as citizens’ arm.

PRESS RELEASE
June 22, 2022

NAMFREL announces new Acting National Chairperson

In a meeting held on June 21, 2022, the National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL) National Council accepted the June 2 resignation of MR. AUGUSTO C. LAGMAN from NAMFREL and as its National Chairperson.

PRESS RELEASE
NAMFREL Bantay ng Bayan UPDATE #3
May 9, 2022, 11:00pm

NAMFREL Reports On Statistics From The Bandwidth Test And Election Returns
Photos Submission Through The NAMFREL App

PRESS STATEMENT
May 9, 2022, 9:30pm

NAMFREL Statement on Restrictions to the Public on Observing Closing of Voting and Taking Pictures of the Posted Election Returns

PRESS RELEASE
NAMFREL Bantay ng Bayan UPDATE #2
May 9, 2022, 6pm

Pockets of violence and intimidation mar an otherwise generally peaceful election day

PRESS RELEASE
NAMFREL Bantay ng Bayan UPDATE #1
May 9, 2022, 12nn

NAMFREL releases preliminary observations on the 2022 National and Local Elections

The National Citizens' Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL) released its preliminary observations on
the conduct of the 2022 National and Local Elections, as observed by its volunteers who are currently
onsite in different voting centers across the country.

Bantayan ang halalan gamit ang NAMFREL App!
Gamitin ang NAMFREL app upang alamin ang mobile signal strength sa inyong mga voting centers, at kuhanan ng picture ang mga Election Returns (ER).
Download the NAMFREL app now:
Android (Google Play Store): https://bit.ly/NAMFRELApp
iPhone (App Store): https://apple.co/3MEKB40
Watch the video: https://bit.ly/NAMFRELApp2022video
App support on Facebook: https://bit.ly/NAMFRELAppSupport

April 25, 2022
PRESS STATEMENT
Power and authority should not be weaponized against the people
The discharge of the Commission on Elections’ duty under Section 2(1), Article IX-C of
the Constitution and under the law to enforce and administer all laws relative to the
conduct of elections for the purpose of ensuring free, orderly and honest elections does
not escape public observation.

April 11, 2022
PRESS STATEMENT
NAMFREL encourages all Filipinos to be citizen election observers for the 2022 National and Local Elections
MANDALUYONG CITY - The National Citizens' Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL) today said that it is encouraging all Filipinos to guard the election process in all its phases, from the pre-election period, to Election Day, to the post-election period...

March 22, 2022
PRESS STATEMENT
Vigilance over fear
NAMFREL denies statements circulating on social media that it was involved in discussions of allegations of massive cheating in the forthcoming May 2022 national and local elections...

March 10, 2022
PRESS STATEMENT
NAMFREL welcomes the new COMELEC Chairman and Commissioners as it urges more transparency in the 2022 elections

February 21, 2022
PRESS STATEMENT
An open and transparent appointment process

January 27, 2022
NAMFREL report on the Observation of the COMELEC Mock Elections (December 29, 2021)

January 13, 2022
Press Release
On the reported hacking of COMELEC Servers

December 29, 2021
NAMFREL releases preliminary observations on the 2021 Mock Elections (December 29, 2021)

NAMFREL Forum
New Normal 2022 Elections: Are We Ready? A Stakeholders' Forum on the 2022 Elections

October 27, 2021
NAMFREL report on the Observation of the COMELEC Voting Simulation Exercise (October 23, 2021)

September 28, 2021
Transcript of Press Briefing

NAMFREL Press Briefing
NAMFREL proposals to enhance the Automated Elections System (AES)
August 31, 2021, 10AM

Namfrel has no links with 1Sambayan
Namfrel Statement
June 16, 2021
March 13, 2021
NAMFREL report on the Observation of the Palawan Plebiscite (March 13, 2021)

January to March, 2021
NAMFREL report on the Observation of Voters' Registration (January to March, 2021)

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Blessings of the season to you and your family, and a better year ahead for all of us.
2020 has been an interesting year - but in ways we never imagined. However, it taught us a lot of things, too, and as we end this year, we count our blessings, and feel thankful for the people who touched us, and the things that made it through this year with us. Blessings of the season to you and your family, and a better year ahead for all of us.

Get REGISTERED for the 2022 National and Local Elections!
Fill out forms online here: https://irehistro.comelec.gov.ph/
Or download the registration forms here and fill out offline: https://bit.ly/2022VoterRegistrationForms
Find your local Comelec office here: https://bit.ly/ElectoralFieldOffices

Gusto mo bang magpahayag ng saloobin sa pamamagitan ng balota sa 2022 National and Local Elections? Ang unang hakbang ay ang magpa-REHISTRO!
Sagutan ang forms online dito: https://irehistro.comelec.gov.ph/
I-download ang forms dito para sagutan offline: https://bit.ly/2022VoterRegistrationForms
Hanapin ang inyong local Comelec office dito: https://bit.ly/ElectoralFieldOffices

Instead of postponing elections, let us make sure that they happen even during a pandemic
PRESS STATEMENT
September 25, 2020
  NAMFREL today emphasized the importance of holding the 2022 elections as scheduled, as mandated by the Philippine Constitution, despite the pandemic. This is in response to Pampanga 2nd District Rep. Mikey Arroyo's suggestion for the Comelec to consider postponing the 2022 elections. Postponing the elections violates the Constitution, contravenes the principle of regularity in the conduct of an election, extends the terms of elected officials without being elected anew, and deprives the electorate of seeking accountability from elected officials through the ballot.

A safer registration process
PRESS STATEMENT
August 18, 2020
 
Namfrel Press Statement - August 18, 2020 The National Citizens' Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL) welcomes the decision of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) to resume the registration of voters for the 2022 elections on September 1 nationwide, except in areas under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) or Modified ECQ.

Namfrel is looking for applicants for the following positions:

Holding Elections During a Pandemic:
the South Korean Experience

Holding Elections During a Pandemic: the South Korean Experience

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed unprecedented pressure on countries and states to hold or postpone scheduled elections. On April 15, 2020, South Korea pushed through with national elections, and achieved a nearly 66% voter turnout, its highest since 1992.

 
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