A social development and advocacy network has recently issued a statement calling for the revamp and resignation of Commission on Elections (Comelec) officials as a reaction, to what it calls as an ever growing display of incompetence of the Comelec in pursuing its mandate, especially with the recent abominable decision to give a green light to the midnight substitution bid of Ronald Cardema, former Chairman of National Youth Commission to assume the representation of the party-list Duterte Youth.
“The Comelec should be revamped. And urgently so, those who voted in favor of the midnight substitution of the Duterte Youth party representative, should resign. This decision is another blatant display of lack of competence in their decision making, and adds to their already dismal performance in managing the mid-term 2019 election,” Yoly Esguerra, Philippine Misereor Partnership Inc reiterated.
PMPI believes that the Comelec decision is flawed. There were two obvious reasons why the ruling of the Comelec should have been otherwise. First, Ronald Cardema is already 34 years old, and under Republic Act (RA) No. 7941, Section 9, he or she must at least be twenty-five (25) but not more than thirty (30) years of age on the day of the election. Second, Cardema filed his notice of substitution at 5:30 pm on May 12, contrary to Resolution No. 8665. (pr)