Palawan plebiscite observers asked to secure accreditation from Comelec

Published February 15, 2021, 3:41 PM

by Leslie Ann Aquino

Foreign and domestic observers or monitors who wish to cover the March 13, 2021 Palawan Plebiscite must secure accreditation from the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

Commission on Elections (MANILA BULLETIN)

The poll body gave foreign and domestic observers from Feb. 8 to 15, 2021 to secure accreditation.

According to Comelec, applicants must submit a duly accomplished application form; two recent 1.5″x1.5″ colored photographs of the applicant; if foreigner or foreign group, organization or committee or association organization, endorsement issued by the ambassador or consul of the applicant’s home country; and Terms of Reference or similar document, explaining the purposes of the election observation mission.

“Upon approval of the application, Accredited Observer Passes will be issued, which will grant access and other privileges relating to the conduct of the plebiscite,” the poll  body said in a statement Monday, Feb. 15.

It added that passes may be confiscated and the accreditation revoked for violation of the guidelines for accreditation.

The Comelec said observers or monitors must also have a bonafide intention to participate in the conduct of the plebiscite and must be free from “any political, economic or other conflicts of interests that would interfere with conducting observations/monitoring impartially.”

“They are also expected to strictly adhere to the Code of Conduct and refrain from engaging in any of the prohibited acts laid down in the guidelines,” said the poll body.

The commission said foreign and domestic observers with official addresses in the National Capital Region (NCR) may submit their applications for accreditation with the Director IV of the Education and Information Department (EID).

For observers residing in other provinces within Region IV-B, with the Regional Election Director (RED) of Region IV-B; while for domestic observers residing within the province of Palawan, with the Provincial Election Supervisor (PES) of Palawan.