September 25, 2019
Postponing the May 2020 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE) remains inadequately justified, and will extend terms of office without voters' consent

The National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL) reiterates its position that the May 2020 Barangay and SK Elections be held as scheduled.

August 7, 2019
On the postponement of the May 2020 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (BSKE) Elections

The National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL) encourages Congress to allow the conduct of the May 2020 BSKE as scheduled.


May 31, 2019
NAMFREL TO COMELEC: Heed the President’s advice to junk Smartmatic
The National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL) calls on the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) to heed President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s advise to “dispose” of Smartmatic.

May 18, 2019
Preliminary Findings and Observations on the May 13, 2019 Midterm Elections. General Statements
The unfortunate thing about the multiple mishaps in the May 13 elections is that the problems were preventable. We refer to problems about non-distribution of the VIS, unusable VRVMs, malfunctioned VCMs, defective SD cards, bleeding of marker pens.

May 17, 2019
NAMFREL reacts on ballot pre-shading video
NAMFREL expresses alarm over the video circulating in social media that appears to confirm previous anecdotal reports of ballot pre-shading. The video provides evidence that ballot pre-shading is real and may be happening in some parts of the country.

May 16, 2019
COMELEC should disclose full details of the problems encountered with the automated election system used in the 2019 Midterm Elections
As we speak, NAMFREL volunteers in far flung areas are still waiting for replacement vote counting machines or SD cards so that the vote of the people in those areas can be truthfully counted.

May 15, 2019
Untransmitted Election Returns may still change the ranking of the 10th to 14th placers
As of 10:16 AM of May 15, Wednesday, the results in the partial and unofficial senatorial count in the COMELEC Transparency Server cover 97.75% or 83,842 of the Local Election Returns (ER) from all over the country.

May 14, 2019
In light of the delay in the flow of election results from COMELEC's Transparency Server which occurred on election night, the National Citizens' Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL) today offered some suggestions to the public on how to maintain the integrity of the data in the Transparency Server.

May 13, 2019
The National Citizens' Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL) expressed concern over verified reports submitted by its volunteers with regard some incidents that took place during today's voting in connection with the May 13, 2019 Midterm Elections.

PRESS RELEASE - NAMFREL as accredited citizens arm bats for an audit and transparency for a credible 2019 elections
April 25, 2019
The National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections has been accredited to serve as citizens’ arm of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) for the coming May 13, 2019 elections. In Minute Resolution No. 19-0351 dated March 29, 2019, the Commission En Banc resolved to accredit NAMFREL as a civil society participant in the Random Manual Audit (RMA), obtain the 27th copy of the Election Returns generated by the Vote Counting Machines (VCM) and address other matters requested in the petition for accreditation such as the Open Election Data project.

NAMFREL Press Statement on the January 21, 2019 Bangsamoro Plebiscite
  Dear volunteer/ supporter/ friend of NAMFREL,
As our fellow Filipinos in the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) region go through the Bangsamoro Organic Law Plebiscite, the National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL) encourages all eligible voters in the region, to exercise their right to vote.

2019 National and Local Elections

  Dear volunteer/ supporter/ friend of NAMFREL,
On behalf of the NAMFREL National Council and the National Secretariat Team, allow me to wish you ...

 NAMFREL at 35
  NAMFREL was founded on October 10, 1983, and national citizen electoral observation was born.

Legislative Voting In the Pork-Dominant Parliament: Evidence from the Philippine House of Representatives

by Jae Hyeok Shin, Department of Political Science and International Relations, Korea University, Seoul (posted with permission from the author)


RECLAIMING OUR ELECTION: The Task Force Eleksyon's Official Statement for the 2019 Elections - July 18, 2018

COMELEC Presents NAMFREL with Recognition
June 26, 2018

. On behalf of all NAMFREL volunteers worldwide, past and present, we would like to express our sincerest appreciation to the COMELEC for this recognition. Since 1983, NAMFREL has promoted volunteerism to strengthen democracy in the Philippines through helping ensure clean, honest and credible elections, a goal that NAMFREL shares with the election commission

NAMFREL volunteers observe Colombian election in Manila
by Paolo Maligaya
. NAMFREL volunteers observed overseas voting in connection with the second round of the Colombian presidential election, on June 17 at the Colombian Embassy in Manila.

NAMFREL congratulates COMELEC chair Abas on his CA confirmation

Sign up to volunteer to observe the Barangay and SK elections
This is a general call for volunteers to observe the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections this month. Volunteers are encouraged to observe the entire process, from the campaign, up to the voting, counting, and canvassing of votes, in the village where they are registered to vote. However, if volunteers are not able to follow the entire process, they are given the option to observe whichever process they are available to do so....

Comelec accredits NAMFREL as citizens' arm for the 2018 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections
In an Excerpt (no. 18-0329, released to Namfrel today, May 7, 2018) from the Minutes of the special en banc meeting of the Comelec held on April 23, 2018, the Commission on Elections extended the 2016 accreditation of NAMFREL for the May 14, 2018 Barangay and SK elections...

NAMFREL observes simulation of Barangay and SK Elections
NAMFREL volunteers observed the simulation of the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Elections, conducted by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on April 21 at the Rosauro Almario Elementary School in Tondo, Manila. The volunteers observed the entire process, from the preliminaries until the counting and consolidation of votes...

2018 BSKE info campaign

Postponed na ba talaga ang Barangay at SK Election? Postponed na ba talaga ang Barangay at SK Elections?
Nasa tamang edad ka ba para bumoto
o kumandidato sa SK? 
Gusto mo bang maging SK chairman
o kagawad?

Namfrel's inputs on electoral reforms
Today, March 08, 2018, the National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections sent to the president, Senate president, speaker of the House of Representatives, and to the chair of the Constitutional Committee its views on electoral reforms...

Namfrel position supporting the holding of Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan polls as scheduled on May 14, 2018
The National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections, the organization that started nonpartisan citizen monitoring of elections in the world in 1983, urges Congress to no longer postpone the holding of the two polls. The Commission on Elections announced that these polls are scheduled on May 14, 2018, and preparations are underway for holding them in over 42,000 villages throughout the country...

Comelec Press Release: Comelec Releases Calendar of activities for BSKE 2018
Comelec Press Release: COMELEC to Use BSKE 2017 Ballots for BSKE 2018
Comelec Resolution No. 10246

2016 National and Local Elections Random Manual Audit Report

NAMFREL Statement on proposals to postpone the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections and appoint Barangay officials
. Elections should be conducted with certainty and regularity. Doing otherwise undermines a democratic process instituted to ensure every citizens right to choose their leaders and make them accountable. Regularity of elections is important to establish this mandate, legitimacy and moral authority.

Comelec Advisory Council Resolution No. 2017-002
Comelec Advisory Council
Resolution No. 2017-002
Technology Recommendations on the 2019 National and Local Elections

Comelec Advisory Council
Transmittal Letter to Comelec

Namfrel News
Election Updates from the National Citizens' Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL), Philippines.

Namfrel assessment statement of the 2016 Elections
May 25, 2016
The Namfrel Council, led by Chairman David Balangue made an assessment of the May 9 elections during its May 16 and 25, 2016 meetings.

PEAM (Pre-election Assessment Mission) report
Assessment Summary
At the time of this report there will be 35 days left to the May 9 presidential and general elections.

May 9, 2016    10:00 AM
May 10, 2016    12:00 PM
May 10, 2016    4:00 PM
May 11, 2016    1:00 PM
May 11, 2016    6:00 PM
May 12, 2016    12:00 PM

Balangue is new NAMFREL Chairman
The National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL) National Council has elected David L. Balangue as its new Chairman, replacing Corazon de la Paz – Bernardo who remains as Member of the National Council. Balangue has been Vice – Chairman of NAMFREL since 2010.

Upcoming Satellite Registration in Malls 

Filipino Election Monitoring Expert elected Chairman of International Body 
Damaso G. Magbual, National Council Member of NAMFREL, was recently elected Chairman of the Global Network of Domestic Election Monitors (GNDEM) during its 2nd organizational meeting held in Johannesburg, South Africa on June 8 to 11, 2015.

Comelec holds mock election in Cavite to test PATaS   
On June 27, 2015 (Saturday), the Commission on Elections (Comelec) will test in Bacoor City the Precinct Automated Tallying System (PATaS), formerly known as Transparent and Credible Election System (TCrES).

The mock election will be held in Bacoor National High School Annex in Poblacion, Barangay Tabing Dagat. The casting of votes starts at 7 am. Anybody who is in the vicinity of the polling place or voting center may participate, but priority will be given to registered voters from Precinct Nos. 0001A and 0001B of Brgy. Tabing Dagat. 

Three Thai Election Officials Visit NAMFREL 
Three ranking officials from the Election Commission of Thailand (ECT), Mr. Anucha Chansuriya, Ms. Patchara Katikul, and Mr. Kongyos Boonak met with NAMFREL Council Members and Secretariat, June 23, 2015 to explore areas and modes of cooperation between election management bodies (EMBs) and election monitoring organizations (EMOs). The three officials are in the country to attend the ASEAN Workshop on Election Observation, a conference of EMB officials being held at the Manila Peninsula Hotel.

November 12-14, 2014
Manila, Philippines 

Minutes of the Meeting - Joint Congressional Oversight Committee on the Automated Election System
(February 5, 2015) 

SK 2015
Dates to remember this coming Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Elections 2015 
Tagalog Version

English Version

Panayam kay Atty. Moses Florendo ukol sa tagumpay at mga plano, kwento ng isang abogado (01/14/15) 

If I wanted to rig the elections 
IF I wanted to rig the 2016 national and local elections (NLE), here’s a list of what I would do:

1. First and most important, I would recommend to the appointing powers (assuming I have a strong influence on this individual or group), candidates for Comelec Chairman and Commissioners who would follow my bidding.

PCOS: Problems galore
December 9, 2014
Preparations for the 2016 national and local elections is heating up. In fact, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has initiated the bidding for additional PCOS machines. Additional because the Comelec intends to re-use the PCOS machines that were used in the 2010 and 2013 elections.

The Comelec Advisory Council (CAC) recommended the re-use of the PCOS machines used in the 2010 and 2013 elections, provided that said existing stock be subjected to technical assessment to determine fitness for re-use in the 2016 elections. The CAC also recommended full implementation of all security and minimum technical capabilities defined under the Election Automation Law, Republic Act No. 8436 as amended by Republic Act No. 9369, as condition for re-use of the PCOS.

“Leading by example”: NAMFREL conducts an election monitoring workshop for Asian watchdogs 
November 26, 2014

Former Senator Vicente T. Paterno passes away 
Former Senator Vicente T. Paterno passed away this morning, November 21, 2014, at 8:36am. The wake starts tonight at 9:30pm at Santuario de San Antonio, Forbes Park, Makati City. We were informed by the family that in lieu of flowers, donations be given instead to Phil. Seven Foundation, Inc.

Transparency a Major Concern in Elections worldwide 
November 20, 2014

NAMFREL announces the recipients of the 2014 Bantay ng Bayan Awards, and remembers and honors the NAMFREL Heroes 
November 10, 2014

NAMFREL to co-host international election observers’ conference
November 6, 2014

NAMFREL to co-host the 9th Implementation Conference of the Declaration of Principles (DoP) for International Election Observation
October 27, 2014

Dumb Ways to Vote 

ANFREL Expresses Solidarity With Protesters in Hong Kong 
October 1, 2014

ANFREL Statement on the Conclusion to Afghanistan's Ballot Audit 
September 29, 2014

NDI's pre-election assessment mission statement issued last Sept. 20 in advance of Ukraine's October 26 parliamentary elections 
Press Release
Full Statement

 JCOC letter from TransparentElections 2014-09-18
Transparentelections.org Letter to Joint Congressional Oversight Committee (JCOC) on the Automated Election System (AES) 
September 18, 2014


Steps on How to Register for the 2016 Elections (Election Period: May 6, 2014 - October 31, 2015)
Voters' Registration Brochure FAQ - English
Voters' Registration Brochure FAQ - Tagalog
Schedule of Satellite Registration in the NCR

Automated Election System (AES) Technology Fair set on July 27
The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) announced today that there will be an Automated Election Systems Technology Fair on July 27, 2014, where up to ten (10) technology providers will be given the opportunity to present their respective election solutions to the public. After each presentation, questions will be entertained.

Satellite Registration for the 2016 National and Local Elections

Clients of PHL embassy in Riyadh to go through overseas voter registration
Filipinos in Saudi Arabia who will avail of consular services from the Philippine embassy in Riyadh will automatically go through overseas voter registration.

In an advisory, the embassy in Riyadh said it will extend overseas registration services to "all Filipinos who will avail of consular services."

Drop the PCOS machines or have an ‘exception process’
AS experts, like our columnist Lito Averia, have been explaining for years now, the Comelec’s very expensive PCOS machines rejected hundreds of thousands of ballots that were not counted manually and recorded.

This means that hundreds of thousands of voters were disenfranchised–their votes were never counted, they were in a sense deprived of life by the PCOS machines. continued >>>

2014 Namfrel Infographics on Voters' Registration
(right click and "save link as...")

Help Ashoka find the Philippines' leading social innovators

Statement of the National Citizens' Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL) on the Conduct of the 2013 Barangay Elections
The Barangay Elections conducted on October 28, 2013 passed with considerable success and was generally peaceful despite reports of sporadic violence across the country. The occurrence of sporadic violence is due to the intense rivalry in local politics. However there are still practices and serious election offenses that continue to cast a dark shadow on the electoral process.

NAMFREL celebrates its 30th anniversary and inaugurates the Bantay ng Bayan Awards
. In commemoration of its 30th year, the National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections held a Thanksgiving Mass on October 26, 2013 at the National Shrine of the Divine Child at La Salle Green Hills in Mandaluyong City, simultaneous with similar prayer services held by NAMFREL chapters in major cities nationwide.

Speech/Homily of His Excellency Most Rev. Ramon B. Villena, D.D., Bishop of Bayombong
NAMFREL 30th Anniversary Thanksgiving Mass, October 26, 2013 - National Shrine of the Divine Child, La Salle Green Hills, Mandaluyong City
Congratulations to NAMFREL, congratulations to us. NAMFREL is not just a name, it is a story, it is history, made up of people abounding in love of GOD and country, with deep commitment, undying spirit of sacrifice, and even fearless martyrdom. We are gathered together to celebrate the 30th founding anniversary of NAMFREL, our anniversary.

Myanmar election stakeholders dialogue with Philippine counterparts
.   Members of the Myanmar (Burma) Union Election Commission as well as representatives from civil society were in the country from September 22-27 for a study trip sponsored by IFES Philippines to dialogue with their counterparts and to connect with electoral peers.

The Cambodian Election
. ANFREL deployed a team of eight experts from six Asian countries headed by this writer, to observe the Parliamentary Elections in Cambodia on July 28, 2013. Our findings were presented to a group of diplomats from the European Union (15 embassies represented) in Bangkok, Thailand, hosted by the Swiss Embassy.

NAMFREL mourns the passing of Fr. Jose P. Dizon, convenor of election monitoring organization Kontra-Daya
NAMFREL mourns the passing of Fr. Jose P. Dizon, convenor of election monitoring
organization Kontra-Daya. In his 40 years of priesthood, Fr. Dizon dedicated his life not
only to his faith but also in the service of the poor and to human rights, especially
workers’ rights. He was actively involved in the anti-dictatorship movement, and most
recently he was involved in the movement to abolish the pork barrel. As convenor of the
poll watchdog Kontra-Daya, he led concerned organizations and sectors in the demand
for additional safeguards to the automated election system and for vigilance against
election fraud, and in exposing irregularities in the elections.  continued >>>

NAMFREL names Ateneo de Zamboanga University as Bantay ng Bayan Awardee for 2013
The Ateneo de Zamboanga University (AdZU) has been given a surprise recognition by the National Citizens Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL) as one of its Bantay ng Bayan Awardees during the launching of its 30th year anniversary celebrations on October 26, 2013 at La Salle – Greenhills (High School unit) in San Juan City. AdZU, the only education institution awardee, was cited for being excellent in organizing its students, faculty, staff and other citizens in Zamboanga City for election related activities and for having been NAMFREL’s partner since its first election engagement in the 1980’s.  continued >>>

Xavier University celebrates NAMFREL’s 30th
True to its call to be a “university serving society,” Xavier University celebrated the 30th anniversary of the National Citizens Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL) through a gathering of volunteers, a Thanksgiving Mass, and a light-a-candle ceremony at the University Church on Oct 26.

“Xavier University has always been a home of NAMFREL,” said Ermin Stan Pimentel, Director of XU’s Social Involvement Office and NAMFREL Provincial Coordinator for many terms. “In the 1986 snap presidential elections, Fr Francisco Demetrio SJ, founder of XU Museum, started the mobilization of NAMFREL volunteers with the mission of ensuring that the mandate of the people will be pursued by guarding the ballots,” continued Pimentel.  continued >>>

Diocese of Catarman observes NAMFREL's 30th Founding Anniversary with Peace Covenant Signing
CATARMAN, Northern Samar, Oct. 27 (PIA) – The Diocese of Catarman thru the Diocesan Pastoral Secretariat, Diocesan Social Action Commission led in the observance of National Citizen’s Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL)’s 30th Foundation Anniversary on October 26, 2013 with the Covenant Signing for an honest and peaceful barangay election in Northern Samar.

Fr. Fred I. Placa, the Diocesan Pastoral Director said that NAMFREL plays a significant role and greatly contributes in ensuring free, orderly, honest and peaceful elections in the Philippines. continued >>>

The Bantay ng Bayan Awards 
  In commemoration of its 30th year, the National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL) announces the recipients of the inaugural Bantay ng Bayan Awards, given out during the anniversary program held at La Salle Greenhills on October 26, 2013. The Bantay ng Bayan Award is given to individuals or organizations that embody the values of NAMFREL, recognizing their achievements in electoral reform and good governance advocacy, and who continue to make significant efforts in bringing the same to their own community and/or profession, in the Philippines and/or beyond. continued >>>

 Our Candle Continues To Shine Brightly

NAMFREL marks its 30th year
MANDALUYONG CITY — October 23, 2013
NAMFREL today announced its commemoration activities in line with the 30th Anniversary of its founding. On Saturday, October 26, 2013, at 4pm, Thanksgiving masses / prayer services shall be held simultaneously in major cities nationwide.  continued >>>

Executive Summary of NAMFREL's Report on the May 13, 2013 National, Local and ARMM Elections

Executive Summary of NAMFREL's Report on the conduct of its Random Manual Audit Monitoring project for the May 13, 2013 National and Local Elections
August 8, 2013
NAMFREL deployed on May 13, 2013 teams of volunteers (including members of the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Jaycees) for Random Manual Audit Monitoring (RMAM), to observe the conduct of the RMA by the Comelec's RMA teams, and to make a report on the results of the manual count vis-a-vis the PCOS count. Of the 234 clustered precincts chosen by the Comelec for the RMA, NAMFREL volunteers were able to submit reports with complete data for only 130, which were the basis for this analysis.  continued >>>

Random Manual Audit in Manila
by Mark Lester D. Toribio, Chairperson, NAMFREL-Manila
August 8, 2013

Monitoring the conduct of the Random Manual Audit was one of the important projects conducted by Namfrel in the May elections, to help assess the accuracy of the count of the PCOS machines...  continued >>>

Extending Voters’ Education to the Crucial Sectors
by Joan Jamisolamin and Nestor M. Banuag, Jr. (Chairperson), Volunteers, NAMFREL-CDO/Misamis Oriental
August 8, 2013

The sight of young people carrying huge placards and walking around the public markets is something that is not seen everyday, and indeed they drew the attention of vendors, hawkers, buyers, passersby and commuters.  continued >>>

On Being a First-Time Voter
by Mai Arcano, BA Political Economy, University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P)
NAMFREL Volunteer
A few days before the event, I made sure that my registration is valid and that I am eligible to vote for this year’s elections. I also made other preparations such as searching for my precinct number, listening to senatorial debates, researching on candidate profiles, and a speck about knowing the voting procedure.  continued >>>

It’s Okay, SK?
by Veejay Calutan, BA Journalism, UP Diliman
NAMFREL Volunteer

Article 15 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, entitled, “Freedom of Association”, provides for the establishment of what we know today as Sangguniang Kabataan. The convention purposely strived for the right of the youth to organize and to be represented.  continued >>>

Mga friends, reminder lang!
Open ngayong weekend ang mga local Comelec offices para sa mga gustong magpa-register para sa SK at barangay elections. Deadline na kaya sa Wednesday, pero we suggest gawin na natin habang maaga pa. Let's go na and register bago manood ng sine at gumimik. Taralets!  

  Dude, registered ka na ba para sa barangay election sa October?
Kung di ka pa registered, or deactivated na ang records mo sa Comelec, or kailangan mong i-transfer ang records mo, magparegister ka na by Wednesday, , July 31, pero 'wag mo nang intayin pa yun 'no, para ka namang hindi nasanay sa dagsa ng mga tao. Make sure na may dala kang valid IDs at proof of residence. O ano, tara!  

  Mga ATE at KUYA!
Magpa-register na kayo para sa Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections sa Comelec. Hanggang Wednesday (July 31) na lang pwede, pero 'wag  n'yo nang intayin pa yun. If you are 15 yo. but less than 18 yo. by October 28, 2013, then pwede ka nang magpa-register sa SK. Please bring your birth certificate, ID, at proof of residence. Go na! Arf!

Makakaboto ka kaya sa next Presidential elections? SIGURADO KA?

Makakaboto ka lang sa May 2016 kung registered ka at kung nakuhanan ka na ng COMELEC ng biometrics information. Kung nakaboto ka nitong May 2013 pero di ka pa nakuhanan ng digital photograph, fingerprint at signature, HINDI KA PA RIN MAKAKABOTO SA 2016.

Pumunta ka na ngayon sa local Comelec office mo para magpa-validate.

Kung ‘di ka sure kung may biometrics info ka na na “Available” sa Comelec records, check mo now na sa COMELEC Precinct Finder: http://bit.ly/PYfPAn

Challenges in Campaign Finance Monitoring & Enforcement in the 2013 Elections
by Eric Jude O. Alvia, Secretary General, NAMFREL 
June 25, 2013

Monitoring election contributions and expenditure has been given emphasis by the Comelec in the 2013 Philippine mid-term elections to improve opportunities and chance for candidates with limited resources for a successful campaign. However, enforcement of and compliance to these regulations were muted due to a combination of resource constraints of Comelec, unclear implementing rules, and existing election rules & regulations which contradict the spirit of campaign finance laws.  continued >>>

Incomplete reporting by the Comelec
by Telibert C. Laoc, Member, NAMFREL National Council
International Elections Specialist 

June 25, 2013

At this link you will find the National Board of Canvassers' resolution 10-13 of June 5, 2013 officially proclaiming the results of the senatorial race:  http://www.comelec.gov.ph/uploads/Elections/2013natloc/res/nboc_res_001013.pdf
A few questions begged to be asked:
. 1. How many established and clustered precincts did these results come from?
2. What is the total number of voters who voted?
  continued >>>

Voting in Doha, Qatar
by Maria Christina Pascual-Serafica, NAMFREL Deputized Representative for Qatar 
June 25, 2013

Voter turnout was low but this was to be expected according to Vice-Consul Melvin C. Almonguera. They were expecting a better turnout on the 2nd weekend of the voting period. Vice-Consul Almonguera also added that he knew that voters may find it a bit difficult to go the embassy since there is no public transportation available in that area.   continued >>>

Election day at the Zamboanga City Reformatory Center
by Perre Ian Dela Cruz, Chairperson, NAMFREL-Zamboanga City
June 25, 2013

Right after I voted at West Central Elementary School, I immediately went to the Zamboanga City Reformatory Center to observe the process of election given to the registered detainees. The Local Comelec Office, District 1, Zamboanga City made a special arrangement with the BJMP-Zamboanga City in order for the registered detainees to shade their ballots inside the chapel of the said compound.   continued >>>

Voters' Education: A challenging new experience for us
by Bp. Benedicto S. Navarro, Chairperson, NAMFREL-Marikina
June 25, 2013

It was no easy task, but we took the challenge. To even think of pulling the people out from what they have been used to doing for decades, in fact every election since the Philippines gained its independence and began exercising their right of suffrage, has been like fighting an invisible foe. But nevertheless, since we were given this task, then, we had to do it. continued >>>

My first NAMFREL volunteer engagement
by Jenny Lim Rauto, Lourdes College Student
NAMFREL Volunteer, Cagayan de Oro

June 25, 2013

Being a volunteer was quite a big challenge for me because in this team we experienced hardships. In spite of what we went through, still we faced them with patience and understanding. It was one of the most amazing experiences in my life. When I decided to volunteer I couldn’t imagine how grateful I would be that I was given the chance to be part of the team. Having the chance to be a NAMFREL 2013 volunteer was beyond words and an amazing opportunity for me. During our market campaign, I met different kinds of people who had different stands and ideas on current political issues. It was an opportunity for me to develop my leadership skills. continued >>>

When Principles No Longer Suffice: NAMFREL and the 2013 Elections in the Lens of an Intern
by Ruth Genevieve A. Lumibao, BS Political Science, UP Manila
June 25, 2013

There is no greater volunteerism than that of protecting democracy itself. As Political Science students, the main objective of the practicum was for us to see the dynamics of theory and practice. Our usual curriculum allowed 200 hours spent in either a government or non-government office, if not in a far-flung area for immersion trips. continued >>>

Election in Malaysia
by Damaso G. Magbual, Member, NAMFREL National Council
Chairperson, Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL)

June 25, 2013

A round table discussion on three recent elections in Asia was organized by the Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy (PCID) in UP Diliman on May 31. These elections were held in Pakistan, Malaysia and the Philippines (with emphasis on the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao - ARMM). Mr. Raveendran Nair of the Malaysian Embassy in Manila gave a report on the last election better referred to by the media and the political contestants as General Election 2013. Mr. Nair gave a brief presentation on the election process as well as the results. There was hardly any room for disagreement on what was presented. continued >>>

Winning the war against democracy
by Amina Rasul, Member, NAMFREL National Council
President, Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy (PCID)

June 25, 2013

A month has passed since the May 13 midterm elections in the Philippines. While the elections were orderly and peaceful, there have been many reported incidents that have marred the electoral process. For instance, as NAMFREL and other watchdogs had warned, a significant number of PCOS machines malfunctioned. COMELEC Chair Brillantes has said, “we may not pay the entire amount if we can show that the problems and defects were from Smartmatic." 258 out of the 78,000 PCOS machines used in the polls bogged down. The report of the Random Manual Audit (RMA), which should have been done on election night, has not been released yet even though the sample of 234 precincts is a small one. Fears, that the results may be “massaged”, are not allayed by the non-reporting of the RMA results. However, the automated counting system has made wholesale cheating more difficult, particularly the “dagdag-bawas” (adding-subtracting votes from the official tallies) that used to plague the counting of votes. continued >>>

A Statement of the CBCP-National Secretariat for Social Action (CBCP-NASSA)

Comelec Resolution No. 9706 - Group Canvass Reports as Basis for Senatorial Winners

May 17, 2013
With the transmission of Election Returns (ERs) at COMELEC’s Transparency Server being stalled at 76.3273% as of 5:41 PM on May 17, Friday or five days after the May 13 voting, a lot of apprehension is going around over COMELEC’s plan on how it will account for the remaining 23.6727% missing ERs.. continued >>>

AES Transmission Sequence

NAMFREL Report on ERs Received through Comelec's Transparency Server (as of 1541H, May 17)

Press Release: Election Updates
May 15, 2013
Comelec announced that, as of 11AM today, it has only received 14 Certificates of Canvass (COC) out of 302 expected COCs from 80 provinces, 26 cities, 1 Local Absentee Voters (LAV) and 195 Overseas Absentee Voters (OAV). continued >>>

NAMFREL Report on ERs Received through Comelec's Transparency Server (as of 1300H, May 15)

Press Release: Detailed Election Results
May 15, 2013
NAMFREL provides detailed and validated results for Senatorial candidates in its website. Results are available per region, per province, per town and down to the precinct level. Results are updated at least every two hours. continued >>>

Press Release - Observation Updates
May 15, 2013

NAMFREL Incident Reports - as of 8PM, May 13
May 13, 2013

PRESS STATEMENT: NAMFREL Hails Filipinos for Exercising Their Right To Vote and For a Generally Peaceful Elections 
May 13, 2013

NAMFREL Election Day Reports - as of 11 A.M. 
May 13, 2013

PRESS STATEMENT - NAMFREL urges every Filipino to be a citizen-observer in tomorrow's elections
Ms. Corazon de la Paz-Bernardo, Chairperson of the National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL) urges the Filipino voters to go the extra mile when they vote tomorrow, May 13 by being citizen-observers for a free, honest and orderly elections. The first order of the day for every qualified voter of course is to go to the precinct to exercise his/her right (and duty) to vote. continued >>>

The National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections or NAMFREL has set-up its National Operations Center for the election week at the 3rd Floor of the PICPA Building along Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City. Through an Ecumenical Service held on Sunday, May 12, 2013, the Headquarters’ operations officially kicked-off. continued >>>

NAMFREL writes to the Comelec on Computerized Voters' Lists (CVL) 
NAMFREL asked its provincial chapters to check the Computerized Voters’ List (CVL) which will be used in the May 13, 2013 elections to validate its completeness, accuracy, and currency, and, as prescribed in the COMELEC calendar, if these are posted at the local COMELEC offices. continued >>>

NAMFREL writes to the Comelec on PCOS Final Testing and Sealing
In line with our commitment to provide the COMELEC with feedback on the field situation in the lead up to the election on Monday, May 13, we would like to share with you the observations coming from our 33 provincial and 10 NCR city chapters on the Final Testing and Sealing (FTS) of the PCOS machines. Since the final day of the FTS is today, May 11, the reports from the field are still coming in.. continued >>>

FTS Observation by NAMFREL volunteers - Positive Points
Positive Points in the FTS Observation by NAMFREL Volunteers. continued >>>

PCOS FTS - Areas for improvement
Areas for Improvement of the PCOS Machines (from Observation of FTS by NAMFREL Volunteers) continued >>>

NAMFREL Operations Center opens on Sunday, May 12
We would like to announce that for the May 2013 elections, NAMFREL will have its National Operations Center at the national headquarters of the Philippine Institute for Certified Public Accountants (PICPA), 700 Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City. continued >>>

NAMFREL writes to the Comelec on vote buying

Comelec PCOS Final Testing and Sealing Schedule

Join the 3K Run for Honest, Orderly, and Peaceful Elections (May 10, 2013, Malate, Manila)

PRESS RELEASE - NAMFREL expresses concern over reliability of PCOS machines for the May 2013 elections (April 25, 2013)
NAMFREL’s mandate as a citizens’ arm is to assist the COMELEC in ensuring the conduct of free, orderly and clean elections. As such, its volunteers have already reported on the performance of the PCOS machines in several demonstrations conducted in their chapters. Based on their reports, NAMFREL would like to express its concern on the reliability of the performance of the machines that will be used during the May 2013 elections.

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Civil Service Commission invites public servants to volunteer for NAMFREL
(April 3, 2013)

NAMFREL Press Release: NAMFREL Gears Up for the May 2013 Elections
(March 2, 2013)

(February 15, 2013)
The National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel), which pioneered the people’s involvement in the electoral exercises of 1984 and 1986 (when President Ferdinand Marcos agreed to call a snap election), is back.

NAMFREL Chairperson is guest speaker at UE Caloocan Forum on Governance Issues
(February 13, 2013)

COMELEC accredits NAMFREL as citizens' arm for the May 2013 National and Local Elections

The Voter's Pledge
(January 13, 2013)
(This Voter Pledge was read at the Unity Walk of 13 January 2013, by COMELEC Commissioner Elias R. Yusoph)

NAMFREL Participates in Unity Walk for SAFE 2013
(January 13, 2013)
Close to a hundred NAMFREL volunteers participated in the Unity Walk and Prayer Rally for Secure and Fair Elections (SAFE) 2013, held on January 13, 2013 at the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City.

140 days to go before the May 2013 elections
Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Sixto Brilliantes, Jr. admitted that the screening and purging of party list organizations, which started in mid-2012, had been eating up the time of the Comelec en banc. continued >>>

Comelec to strengthen implementation of campaign finance rules
The Comelec is planning to tap the help of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), the Commission on Audit (COA), the Office of the Ombudsman, the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) and even citizens' arms to assist it in monitoring campaign spending in connection with the 2013 election. continued >>>

Electoral reform measures adopted
It is not only the Reproductive Health (RH) Bill that kept the Senate and the House of Representatives busy in the last few weeks. Several measures in line with electoral reform advocacy were also adopted or at least mulled: continued >>>

Did we ever have the PCOS source code? Can we still use the 82,000 machines we purchased?
A lawsuit filed by Smartmatic in September against Dominion Voting Systems in the state of Delaware in the United States has recently surfaced and covered by Philippine media. In the lawsuit, Smartmatic seeks compensation from Dominion for allegedly withholding technology and services licensed to them..  continued >>>

Senate passes electoral reform measures
The Senate recently approved several bills that seek to improve Philippine elections. Approved on third and final reading was Senate Bill no. 1030, which seeks to require Comelec to capture voters' biometrics data: photograph, fingerprint, and signature.  continued >>>

Comelec to become more strict on campaign spending
In an interview, Comelec chairman Sixto Brillantes, Jr. said the commission will strictly monitor campaign contributions and expenses of candidates in the May 2013 polls. He also said that the Comelec might tap the help of election watchdogs to help monitor the campaign expenses and verify documents that will be submitted by the winning and losing candidates after the election pertaining to their actual expenses.  continued >>>

Updated unofficial list of Party-list organizations approved by Comelec to run in the 2013 polls
The Comelec has not issued any official list of organizations that the Comelec en banc has approved so far to run in May 2013, but based on media statements by the Comelec, here is an updated list as of November 20: .  continued >>>


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