Comelec execs trade barbs over poll delays

By Anthony Taberna, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 03 2010 09:05 PM | Updated as of Nov 04 2010 05:05 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Commission on Elections (Comelec) Law Director Ferdinand Rafanan and the poll body’s spokesperson, James Jimenez, are engaged in a verbal tussle. 

The row erupted after Rafanan called for the resignation of Jimenez as member of the fact-finding committee tasked to investigate the delay in the delivery of election paraphernalia during the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections. 

Rafanan claimed that Jimenez is not fit to be Comelec spokesperson. 

Jimenez drew Rafanan’s ire when he commented that the latter, as head of the bids and award committee, is partly to be blamed for the failure of the Comelec to deliver election materials on time. 

Rafanan also accused Jimenez of furnishing ABS-CBN News a copy of a white paper circulating inside the agency that attacked the reputation of the Comelec law director.

Merry Christmas at Comelec

Employees and officials of Comelec, meanwhile, will have a happy Christmas despite getting much criticism during the last barangay election, if the proposal to distribute election savings pushes through. 

Rafanan has proposed to the Comelec en banc to distribute the more than P253 million that the agency saved in the last election through contracts in forwarding, ballot papers, and other election paraphernalia. 

He said the savings could have been bigger if the agency did not buy new ballot boxes worth P48 million and instead recycled old ballot boxes.