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Eleksyon 2013: Beware of “gapang”

Released 12 May 2013 The Legal Network for Truthful Elections (LENTE) is all geared up for the midterm elections tomorrow, 13 May 2013. With presence in almost all municipalities throughout the country, LENTE volunteers are trained to provide legal assistance, monitor compliance with election laws and regulations, and exact accountability from various election […]

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#parasabayan (Or Why Volunteers Join LENTE)

Election Offenses on Registration of Voters

Preliminaries on Candidacy What is registration? Registration refers to the act of accomplishing and filing a sworn application for registration by a qualified voter before the election officer of the city or municipality wherein he resides and including the same in the book of registered voters upon approval by the […]

Top Election Offenses

Top Election Offenses and How to Spot Them

From registration of voters to the canvassing of ballots, here are common offenses we should watch out: Registration of voters Unlawful exclusion of registered voters or inclusion of fictitious voters or unapproved application forms (Dagdag-Bawas) Annulment of Book of Voters when prepared thru fraud, bribery, impersonation, intimidation or contains data […]

Lawyers’ group tapped to help Comelec implement rules on campaign financing

Source: Philstar.com (Published 3 April 2013) MANILA, Philippines—The Legal Network for Truthful Elections (Lente), a group of lawyers and law students advocating electoral reforms, has been tapped by the Commision on Elections (Comelec) to help the poll body implement its rules on campaign financing. The Comelec confirmed yesterday that a […]

Comelec taps LENTE for campaign finance monitoring

Source: Yahoo! News (Published 4 April 2013) The Commission on Elections has tapped the Legal Network for Truthful Elections (LENTE) to help it implement its campaign finance regulations in the May 13 elections. Acting as legal consultants and civil society partner, LENTE will augment the limited financial and human resources […]

Comelec, Lente ink MOA to monitor candidates’ campaign expenses

Source: Interaksyon.com (Published 2 April 2013) MANILA, Philippines—The Commission on Elections (Comelec) and the private lawyers group Legal Network for Truthful Elections (Lente) have signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) that will enhance the monitoring and enforcement of campaign finance laws among candidates. The four-page MOA was signed by Comelec […]

Election Offenses on Electoral Contributions and Expenses

Preliminaries on Electoral Contributions and Expenditures What does the term “contribution” include under the Omnibus Election Code? The term “contribution” includes gift, donation, subscription, loan, advance or deposit of money or anything of value, or a contract, promise or agreement to contribute, whether or not legally enforceable, made for the […]

Introduction to Election Offenses

What are the election laws that provide for election offenses? The following are the laws and their respective sections which provide for election offenses: Art. XXII, Sections 261 and 262 of Batas Pambansa Blg. 881, “Omnibus Elections Code of the Philippines” Section 27 of Republic Act No. 6646, “The Electoral Reforms […]

Volunteer lawyer reports massive, blatant cheating in Sulu

Released May 2007 SULU—A volunteer lawyer of the Legal Network for Truthful Elections (LENTE) has reported massive election fraud and violence in Jolo, Indanan, and other municipalities in Sulu. “On election day, I visited a cluster of precincts in Barangay Pasil in Indanan, and was taken aback by the massive […]