MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has granted accreditation to the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) as citizens' arm of the poll body in connection with the May 2013 midterm elections.
In Resolution SPP No. 12-197, the Comelec said the PPCRV has "established its track record as one of the Commission's staunch allies in ensuring clean, orderly, peaceful and honest elections."
"The Commission recognizes PPCRV as one of the organizations which has established its membership and structure all over the Philippines and has demonstrated its capacity to promote public interest," it said.
As a result of its accreditation, the PPCRV, has the following duties:
• To conduct poll watching in various precincts
• To provide assistance to the voters on election day most especially to the senior citizens; persons with disabilities; pregnant women; detainees; indigenous peoples and other members of the vulnerable sectors
• To assist the Commission in voters' information and education drives in every municipality, city and provinces most especially in far-flung areas and to sectors which experience inaccessibility in getting information from the Commission
On the other hand, the Comelec is duty-bound to furnish the PPCRV with the electronic copies of the Computerized Voters List and the Project of Precincts for the effective discharge of its responsibility.
The 4th copy of the Election Returns printed by the PCOS Machine prior to transmission for the conduct of an unofficial count shall also be furnished to the PPCRV.
In its Petition for Accreditation, the PPCRV stated that it has a "mass based constituency composed of individuals of voting age and registered voters, with operating chapters based in the various parishes in provinces, cities and municipalities throughout the country, which carry out all orders, instructions and/or directives promulgated by the PPCRV's National Executive Board (NEB).
The Council's membership has grown in number as shown in the 2010 Automated National and Local Elections where 657,000 PPCRV members and volunteers from 3,333 parishes nationwide participated in poll watching and election related activities."