December 7, 2023


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IBP to give legal aid for elections; Comelec launches Task Force Kontra Bigay

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MANILA, Philippines — The Integrated Bar of the Philippines will give cost-free lawful assist to Comelec officers and voters in for the elections in all its chapters throughout the country.

The countrywide group of lawyers, Fee on Elections and Legal Network for Truthful Elections have signed a Memorandum of Settlement on Thursday to collaborate in shielding the sanctity of the ballot and sustaining the rule of legislation in the elections, the IBP claimed in a assertion.

“Under the MOA, IBP, Comelec and Lente will operate jointly to educate the public on the most dedicated offenses, keep an eye on election irregularities and election offenses, and supply legal aid to the electoral board users and voters encountering difficulties of reporting election offenses,” the IBP added.

“For its component, the [IBP] will prolong no cost legal aid to the Comelec and its officers and Board of Election Inspectors, Board of Canvassers, and the voters in the course of the pre-election, election and write-up-election times via all election desks in all chapters,” it added.

LENTE meanwhile by way of its volunteer and local law school chapters will do the job with IBP for the duration of the elections. They will also coordinate and consult with the Comelec and IBP for a nationwide campaign for voters’ instruction and dissemination of election-similar information and facts.

The Comelec also launched its Facebook web page Undertaking Power Kontra Bigay on Friday where by incidents of vote-shopping for may perhaps be documented. They also might report by sending an email at [email protected].

News5 claimed that Elections Commissioner Aimee Ferolino, who heads the task force, also explained reviews may well also be made to the regional election officer, Philippine Nationwide Law enforcement or authorized aid desk of the IBP.

The Philippines has a lot more than 60 million registered voters that are expected to cast their possibilities on Monday, May perhaps 9 for the 2022 countrywide and neighborhood elections. President Rodrigo Duterte has earlier declared May perhaps 9, election working day, as a non-performing getaway. — Kristine Pleasure Patag with stories from Information5/Greg Gregorio


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