The Handbook on Automated Elections, Canvassing, and General Election Monitoring

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In preparation for the May 2010 automated elections, the University of the Philippines Institute of Government and Law Reform (IGLR) published the Handbook on Automated Elections, Canvassing, and General Election Monitoring which aims to cover the electoral process. This is headed by Marivic M.V.F Leonen, dean of the UP College of Law; Jose Jesus M. Disini, and Atty. Nicholas Felix L. Ty. The handbook's target readers are the voting public but it will also be a useful tool for teachers, lawyers, and volunteers with vital roles in the elections.

About the handbook

The Philippines is about to face a litmus test at it embarks on the first nationwide automated elections in May 2010, and the whole world is watching. Thus, initiatives geared at enhancing the transparency and credibility of the electoral process become more critical than ever.

Safeguarding the integrity of elections is the duty not only of the government but also of every single Filipino citizen. Knowledge is key to a pro‐active, informed, and effective citizen‐driven monitoring effort.

With these in mind, the University of the Philippines Institute of Government and Law Reform (IGLR) worked on the project to develop a Handbook on Automated Elections, Canvassing, and General Election Monitoring. The project seeks to cement a solid understanding of election rules and regulations, particularly those covering automated elections.

The Handbook is written in question‐and‐answer form, for easy reference and understanding. It is expected to be a useful tool for the voting public as well as teachers, lawyers, and volunteers who will be playing a key role in the 2010 elections either as election inspectors, canvassers, watchers, or independent monitors.

The Handbook covers a comprehensive discussion of all phases of elections—pre‐election (Board of Election Inspectors, Watchers, Ballots and other election documents), election proper (Casting and Counting of Votes), and post‐election (Canvassing, Pre‐proclamation Controversies, and Election Contests). It also integrates a discussion of the various acts that constitute election offenses in these three stages, in order to aid election monitors to properly identify and promptly act to report these matters to the appropriate authorities.

Through this Handbook, the UP IGLR seeks to contribute to ensure a free, orderly, and honest 2010 elections.

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