UK-based election management body recognizes Comelec for successful conduct of 2016 polls

A London-based election management body has recognized the efforts of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in connection with the successful conduct of the 2016 national and local elections.

In a press briefing on Thursday, Comelec Chairman Juan Andres Bautista revealed that the poll body was given recognition such as the Electoral Commission of the Year, Excellence in Election Management, the Accessibility and Minority Participation Awards at the 2016 International Electoral Awards (IEA) by the International Center for Parliamentary Studies held in Maputo, Mozambique last December 6.

"We are, of course elated to be given the awards. I said earlier, being nominated was already an honor. This recognition will serve as our inspiration to do better and work harder," he said.

Bautista added, "We dedicate these accolades to and share them will all voters and our fellow election workers-the Comelec main and filed officers and personnel, the hundreds of thousands of Board of Elections Inspectors, the Citizens' Arms, and all the volunteers."

Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez represented the poll body and received the said awards.

The poll body was chosen as the awarded of Election Commission of the Year with the criteria based on a track record that demonstrates efforts on "fostering a community of good citizens among Election practitioners, best practice, evidence-based research and policy in the field of elections." It bested other election management bodied (EMBs) from Canada, Palestine and Georgia.

For the Election Management Award, the county beat Mexico and South Africa after it surpassed "country specific challenges to guarantee a secure, transparent, and smooth running of elections."

The Accessibility and Minority Awards were given to the Comelec for its special projects on enfranchising vulnerable groups like detainees, Indigenous Peoples (IPs), Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), and Senior Citizens.

The IEA, is an annual gathering of election stakeholder and managers that recognizes EMBs and officials for outstanding and remarkable performance in election work.

Overall, the 2016 NLE recorded the highest voter turn-out in the history of Philippine automated polls at 81.95 percent.

Source: Philippines News Agency

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