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Comelec trains CCVs in Biliran

by Flor Jackson

Naval, Biliran (29 November) -- "As the local election in May 14, 2007 draws near, the need for a continuing effort to educate our voters is necessary", thus said Atty. Sabino Mejarito, Commission on Elections (Comelec) Provincial Election Supervisor of Biliran in an interview with PIA.

Because of this concern, he said, the Comission on Elections in this province jointly with the Integrated Bar of the Philippine (IBP) Biliran Chapter will conduct a trainers' training of the Comelec Community Volunteers (CCV) here in Naval, the capital town of the province on December 11-13, 2006 at the Naval Institute of Technology (NIT) Hostel.

He informed PIA that some 52 CCVs from the 26 barangays in Naval will be attending the three-day activity.

The CCVs were recruited and organized to assist the COMELEC in the conduct of pulong-pulong, seminars, symposia and other voters information activities in the municipalities and in the barangays provincewide, Atty. Mejarito added.

"For those who are interested to become CCVs in the municipality of Naval and in the rest of the municipalities in the province, they are most welcome to join the group of volunteers", he said further.

When asked about the qualifications of the CCVs, he disclosed that first and foremost is that the CCV must be non-partisan aside from his dedication and sincerity in doing his job to assist Comelec in educating the people in the barangays to become responsible and matured voters and knowledgeable of the electoral processes and procedures as well as their rights and duties as citizens of this country.

He added that later after this training, the recruitment , organization and training of the CCVs in the rest of the municipalities in the province will follow so that a free, orderly and honest elections will be maintained in the province of Biliran.

The lecturers during the CCV trainers training that will be conducted next month are composed of lawyers who are members of the IBP-Biliran, Comelec officials in the province and some municipal election officers.

Topics for the lecture-discussions include among others the significance of elections as a democratic process; choosing the right candidates; the Philippine electorate; rights and duties of voters and citizens' remedy; prohibited acts. the electoral process and its systemic problems; Comelec community volunteers and other electorate procedures and mechanisms.

The CCVs in attendance will be subjected to a barangay practicum in identified barangays in Naval town to actually measure their capabilities in carrying out their tasks as such as they complete the three-day training. (PIA-Biliran) [top]

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