Palace: It is Comelec’s responsibility to ensure orderly conduct of elections

By on March 12, 2016


Commission on Elections (Comelec) at the Palacio del Gobernador Bldg., Gen. Luna St. cor. Andres Soriano Jr. Ave, Intramuros, Manila (Photo by Ramon FVelasquez/Wikipedia)
Commission on Elections (Comelec) at the Palacio del Gobernador Bldg., Gen. Luna St. cor. Andres Soriano Jr. Ave, Intramuros, Manila (Photo by Ramon FVelasquez/Wikipedia)

MANILA – It is the responsibility of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to ensure that everything is in place come election day, a Palace official has said.

“Tungkulin ng Comelec na tiyakin ang pagkakaroon ng tapat at maayos at katanggap-tanggap na resulta ng halalan. At umaasa ang buong sambayanan na gagampanan nila ito. Dahil diyan, dapat lamang ang kanilang mga suppliers at mga contractors ay tutulong sa kanila para matamo ang layuning ito,” Communication Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. told reporters in Malacañang on Friday.

Coloma was reacting to reports that Smartmatic needs two months to adjust their machines to comply with the voter’s receipt approved by the Supreme Court.

He said that according to the law, election day is set on the second Monday of the month of May and any change of date would require a change in the law.

“Ayon sa batas, mayroong nakatakdang petsa para diyan at ito ang ikalawang Lunes ng buwan ng Mayo. Ano mang pagbabago diyan ay kinakailangan ng pagbabago din sa batas at hindi natin nakikita na ‘yan ay isang pangyayari na gustong makita ng marami sa ating mga kababayan,” he said.

“At buo ang pag-asa natin na may ilang buwan na at taon na pinaghandaan ito. Ito ay isang national elections, kaya dapat siguro ang direksyon ng ating pananaw ay kung paano mapagtutulungan ng lahat ng sektor ang pagdaraos ng maayos na halalan sa takdang petsa,” he added.