‘Failure of polls’ in Ceneco-A A +A
Friday, September 27, 2013
THE Central Negros Electric Cooperative (Ceneco) Consumers for Democratic Representation will ask the National Electrification Administration (NEA) to declare the Ceneco Bacolod North elections held September 25 “a failure.”
"This is considering the apparent manipulations done only to pursue a hidden agenda," spokesman Ben Solilapsi said with several village chiefs.
"Our electric cooperative is owned by its member consumers who are the lifeblood of this public utility. They are entitled to honest, transparent, and fair implementations of the enabling decrees, laws and implementing rules and regulations that are directed to the electric cooperatives,” he said.
At a press conference at the Negros Press Club Thursday, Solilapsi said they are also filing administrative charges against the screening committee with the NEA.
The District Election Committee for Bacolod North has proclaimed unopposed candidate Joyce Martha Cuenca as the winner after she garnered 11 votes in the election.
Cuenca, wife of former Ceneco director Luis Cuenca, was declared unopposed winner amid questions of her qualification and the election held before the court can decide on a TRO granted by the court to the consumers’ group.
Solilapsi said that among the focus of the congressional inquiry is the possible amendment of Republic Act (RA) 10531 which are the policies of NEA and other related issuances and the bylaws of Ceneco as far as qualifications and disqualifications of candidates for elections.
He added that another concern that needs to be taken up in the congressional inquiry is the alleged other charges of the power utility firm which are being passed on to consumers which are not approved by the Energy Regulatory Commission.
Aside from this, Solilapsi said, they will also collate other concerns of the consumers that will included in the congressional inquiry.
The operation and maintenance expenses, capital expenditures, distribution and generation costs and other expenses, which include, among others, the salaries of the employees/officers and perks of general manager and the board of directors are paid by Ceneco consumers, the group said.
RA 10531, as amended, policies of NEA, and other related issuances and the by Laws of Ceneco are clear as to the qualifications and disqualifications of the candidates of the elections.
However, the management and the board of Ceneco manipulated and circumvented the laws and directives of NEA in which no election contests were held but by mere "selection?" in which we strongly condemned, the group said.
The board of directors must be above suspicion "Caesar's wife," said the movement, which also called on the consumer members, local government units and other people's organization “to be with us as we seek redress to NEA and demand to declare he election in Bacolod North a failure.”
"We are also urging our congressmen to investigate it as its oversight function under the law so that the interest of Ceneco owners will be protected," the movement stated.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on September 27, 2013.