COMMISSION on Elections (Comelec) Regional Western Visayas director in Western Visayas Atty. Dennis Lunar Ausan met with the Provincial and Bacolod City election officers on Thursday, February 9, in Bacolod City as part of his routine visit to field offices to listen to their concerns, know how things are done in their respective offices, and see how he can help them resolve those concerns to ensure that the delivery of public service is more effective and efficient.
In the past three days, Ausan went around the three different legislative districts to discuss administrative matters with the election officers to let them know what the upcoming activities of the Commission were after the voter’s registration was last held on January 31, 2023.
They were guided by the plans of Comelec Chairman George Erwin Garcia in the crafting of the strategic plan for the next seven years, which will be submitted on the first week of March.
Second, the Commission also scheduled the election summit wherein they will invite all stakeholders of the Commission to listen to their concerns and ask for their recommendations on how they could improve the way they conduct election processes in the future. It could be in an election, plebiscite, or referendum, including the conduct of voter registration.
So many pre-election summit conferences have been done from December 2022 to January and February 2023, and this will reach the highlight of the second week of March when everybody will be there.
They have asked about the attendance of the academe, church, government agencies concerned, media, Department of Justice, Armed Forces of the Philippines, and Philippine National Police, among others, on this summit.
Book signing held
Atty. Ausan also held his book signing, being the author of the Book entitled ‘Election Offenses, a Compendium,’ the fourth book he published with Rex Book Store.
“Our personnel should be provided with this book as there is a gap in the literary material insofar as elections are concerned. There is a lack of attention given to such a fundamental subject matter in election management which is election offenses,” he said.
He added that the previous election books covered the Omnibus Election Code which annotated one chapter for election offenses which is usually from 20 to 30 pages. He then came up with this book that exclusively deals with election offenses with 500 plus pages, saying that it is more focused. Even Comelec personnel can only cite the usual election offenses like vote buying, gun bans, and liquor bans. But he mentioned that there are more than 300 election offenses.
This book will make everybody aware, not only those in Comelec but all stakeholders, that so many acts and things could be committed that can be classified as criminal offenses, election offenses that carry with it imprisonment. These election offenses cannot just be done during the election but even during voter registration. It covers voter registration, and prosecution of election offenses even relating to overseas voting which is done outside the country,” he said.
This book also covers the procedure on how to file cases on election offenses and the penalties carried out with election offenses, he added.