COMELEC names new COAV head

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 08 2012 09:59 PM | Updated as of Feb 09 2012 05:59 AM

MANILA, Philippines – The Committee on Overseas Absentee Voting (COAV) now has a new chairman.

The designation of Commissioner Lucenito Tagle was announced by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) on Wednesday.

The COMELEC said in Resolution No. 9358, promulgated February 7, 2012, Commissioner Armando Velasco has signified his intention to relinquish the chairmanship of the committee in favor of Commissioner Tagle. Velasco was designated Chairman of the COAV on August 11, 2009 by virtue of COMELEC Minute Resolution No. 09-0501.

"Notwithstanding the new designation, Commissioner Armando Velasco may continue to provide assistance to and discuss with Commissioner Lucenito N. Tagle matters concerning the Committee should the need arises," the COMELEC said.

The turnover process in the COAV shall be on or before February 15, 2012, the poll body said.

Meanwhile, the COMELEC has also announced that party-list groups who wants to join in the May 13, 2013 National and Local Elections, should file with the COMELEC a manifestation of intent to participate in the party-list election together with its list of at least 5 nominees, no later than May 31, 2012, at the close of business hours.

"This Commission is in the process of reviewing and collating all existing rules and regulations governing the party-list system of representation to ensure that the party-list system truly serves its purpose, as envisioned by the framers of the Constitution and of R.A. 7941, that is giving representation to marginalized and underrepresented sectors," said COMELEC in Resolution 9359, promulgated February 8, 2012.