MANILA – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Wednesday signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with its partners and stakeholders for the holding of the National Elections Summit in January next year.

Comelec chairperson George Garcia led the MOA signing at the Justo Albert Auditorium, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila in Intramuros, Manila.

The event was also attended by the Comelec senior officials and representatives from academe, civil society organizations and industry partners.

The summit aims to provide a platform for a national dialog and interaction, including consultation and participation of election stakeholders.

It will also review, formulate, or enhance policies, plans and programs in election administration and electoral enforcement and adjudication.

Garcia said the Comelec decided to push back the holding of its annual planning session to give way to the holding of the summit.

“We deferred this planning session. We will just conduct the planning session by February to give way to the conduct of the election summit,” he said in his speech during the MOA signing.

He said the results of the summit will be included in the internal planning discussions in February. (PNA)