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PIA Press Release
2010/03/06

Media practitioners must apply for accreditation with Comelec re May 2010 elections

Tacloban City (March 6) -- Relative to the upcoming May 2010 elections, media practitioners from the different Regions of the country are advised to get media accreditation from their respective Comelec offices as soon as possible.

This reminder came from Secretary Conrado Limcaoco, Jr. of the Philippine Information Agency, who informed that application forms are available at all Comelec offices nationwide, or may be downloaded from the Comelec website at www.comelec.gov.ph or at the Comelec-EID site at www.bagongbotante.ph

Secretary Limcaoco cited as his source, the Comelec Resolution No. 8764 entitled "Guidelines for Mass Media Accreditation in Connection with the May 10, 2010 Automated National and Local Elections."

The requirements for media accreditation are 2 copies endorsement from the head of the media outfit; 3 pieces 2 x 2 pictures and the fully accomplished application form.

The media practitioners in the various provinces of the Region are also required to apply for accreditation with the Comelec provincial office in their respective localities.

It is only the accredited media practitioners who will be allowed maximum access to all stages of the electoral process subject only to conditions essential to the protection of Comelec personnel, property and privileged information.

Comelec Resolution No. 8764 provides that the period for filing of applications for media accreditation shall be from February 1 to April 15, 2010.

During the previous elections, the media played a gigantic role in informing the people about what were going on during elections, not only the violation of election rules but also on the turn out of votes and the result of the elections.

Unscrupulous people are usually unable to implement their evil intents during election day because of the presence of media in the polling places and in the counting of ballots. (PIA 8) [top]

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