Stakeholders, gov't officials to attend 3-day election summit

By Ferdinand Patinio

March 7, 2023, 6:34 pm

MANILA – Election stakeholders, government officials are expected to attend the first-ever National Election Summit spearheaded by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to be held in Pasay City.

In a statement on Tuesday, the poll body said the event will be held from March 8 to 10 at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila where they will discuss several issues related to electoral exercises.

The topics that are likely to be tackled are voter registration; voting, counting and canvassing processes; and campaign finance and fair elections.

"Set to be discussed are notable key issues encountered every election, and provide meaningful and sustainable reforms to map out strategies towards a free, orderly, honest, and credible Philippine elections," it said.

Other topics include the filing of Certificate of Candidacy, Party-list Accreditation, and adjudication of cases; teachers as members of the electoral boards; and integration of voter education in the K-12 curriculum, tertiary education and National Service Training Program (NSTP).

"The abovementioned topics will be thoroughly discussed through simultaneous breakout sessions all throughout the three-day span," the poll body said.

Some 400 participants from civil society organizations, poll watchdogs, people's organizations, experts, the academe and Filipino voters are expected to join the event.

From the government, those expected to grace the summit are President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr., Vice President Sara Duterte, Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri, House Speaker Martin Romualdez, other lawmakers and officials.

The meeting will be coming up with a report to be submitted to the commission en banc.

"It is expected that policy papers/briefs covering key election issues, processes, and plans, further recommendations will be submitted," the poll body said. (PNA)