NAMFREL’s Electoral Finance Monitoring

Of all the 6 projects of Namfrel, Electoral Finance Monitoring is the newest and the youngest of all. Because it is new to the people especially to the volunteers of Namfrel in different chapters, a number of them find difficulty in executing the project. So here is a quick and short guide about Electoral Finance Monitoring, basically in the manual and from the experiences of the chapters who had problems.

Campaign or electoral finance is generally defined as money used for electioneering (as defined by Michael Pinto-Dushchinsky). The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) issued to resolutions supporting the collection of electoral expenses and contributions from the candidates and political parties. These are Resolution No. 9476 and Resolution No. 9616.

The basic purpose of doing the Electoral Finance Monitoring is to monitor and know if the candidates and political parties are submitting the required reports to the COMELEC stating the contributions and expenses they have incurred. But it is not only the candidates but also the involved stakeholders who took part in making the candidates be possible to campaign and publicized required also to submit. This is to know whether the involved groups are really complying and take responsible in submitting the report.

Namfrel task the chairpersons to conduct two forums.

(1). The first forum will be held any day between May 1 – 11. In this forum, chapter chairs, coordinators and volunteers need to present their experiences, problems and concerns about Electoral Finance project. This is also to look for the possible solutions regarding the presentations. The first forum does not necessarily be the presentation of the reports collected.

The Navotas Chapter asked, “We haven’t already collected the reporst from the COMELEC because they say that the reports will be available after the elections, are we going to have the first forum?” The answer is YES, they can conduct the first forum. Why? Because, as what I have said, the first forum will be about the experiences and problems rather not the reports.

(2). The second forum will be held on July, after the elections. In this forum, the presentation of the collected reports relevant to Electoral Finance is required.

The two forums need to invite “political scientist of local universities, former local elected officials, Comelec officials, heads of business organizations, media entities, and leaders of civic, youth and people’s organizations”. This is to know different perspectives from these people and this would help the chapters to prepare for the succeeding elections.

Namfrel chapters are encourage to text EF ASSIST to 0908-949-1466 if questions and problems arise that can be resolved by the Namfrel Electoral Finance Teams.

If they are ready to submit a report, there are online, hard-copy and call-in options instructed in the manual.

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