Bill requires Comelec post-election report

AN administration lawmaker has filed a bill mandating the Commission on Election to submit complete electoral data to the President of the Philippines and Congress after every regular election.

Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, author of House Bill 3990, said the Comelec should abide by the law directing the agency to submit a comprehensive report six months or at most one year after the holding of a regular or special election.

Rodriguez said the law mandates Comelec to submit to the President and the Congress a comprehensive election report.

“However, the rule is not being followed by the Comelec because the basic electoral data contained in its reports after regular elections are not complete,” Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez said the Comelec is also required to provide copies of the report to all public libraries.

Under HB 3990, Comelec would be required to submit a narrative assessment of the complete but concise explanation on the context of the election conducted and the election calendar.

Rodriguez said the Comelec report should include the actual cost of the election and the breakdown of expenditures during the political exercise.

The bill provides that the report shall include basic electoral data on voters to include the number of registered voters per city and municipality and number of the Voter’s Registration Records.

The report shall also include number of precincts that functioned in the immediately preceding elections by city and municipality; number of precincts newly created for the election under consideration by city and municipality; and total number of precincts for the election under review by city and municipality, the bill stresses.

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