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Legal Network for Truthful Elections (Lente)

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Presentation by Sara Jane Suguitan in the KAS Workshop "Political Communication in Asia" (Bali 2010)

Presentation by Sara Jane Suguitan in the KAS Workshop "Political Communication in Asia" (Bali 2010)

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  • 1. Legal Network for Truthful Elections
    www.lente.org.ph
  • 2. Why automate the elections?
  • 3.
  • 4. Maguindanaoexposé, sole citizens’ watchgroup in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) elections,accountability
    200720082010
  • 5. 200820102011
    3,000 volunteers
    95% of all provinces
    16 regions
    over 2,031 complaints documented
    <30 cases filed
  • 6. Communications Goals
    Fill the ranks.
    Spread the gospel of democracy.
    Get Comelec accreditation.
    Put Lente in the map.
  • 7. Audience
  • 8. The LENTE Message House
  • 9. Media Partnerships
  • Appearances
    • TV5 / IBC13 / DZRH 666 / DZMM 630 Radyo Patrol / GNN / GMA7 / ABSCBN
    • 24. Ensuring Detainees' Right to Suffrage
    • 25. Ensuring the Right to Vote of our Katutubos
    • 26. Advancing the Moslem Voters’ Rights (PCID)
    • 27. Electoral Offenses
    • 28. Lessons Learned from the 2008 ARMM Elections
    • 29. The Social Responsibility of the Business Sector in Election Mobilization (CSM)
    • 30. Absentee Voting
    • 31. Campaign Finance Monitoring
  • 32.
  • 33.
  • 34. Institutional Partners
  • 35. May 10, 2010
    D-Day SOP
    3 National Hotlines
    16 Regional Hotlines
    3,000 volunteers in 95% of the country
    Challenge:
    Verification
    Risk of “kuryente” (false reports)
  • 36. Flow of Information from Field to Local Media
  • 37. Flow of Information from Field to Mainstream Media
  • 38. You know it’s an election offense if
  • 39. Top Election Offenses
    Over-campaigning
    Vote buying
    Vote selling
    Illegal assistance
    Harassment
    Unlawful campaign
    Illegal voting (flying voters)
    Violation of gun ban
    Electoral sabotage
  • 40. Mangyan paralegals.
    The Legal Network for Truthful Elections (Lente) trained members of the indigenous peoples of Mindoro island on the automated elections and prosecution of election offenders.
  • 41. The Mangyan paralegals reported the following offenses:
    Hakot
    Writers
    Bribery and undue influence
  • 42. Free ride on election day = unlawful electioneering
  • 43. Special case:
    journalists’ legal concerns
  • 44.
  • 45.
  • 46.
  • 47. Lessons
    Social networking sites served as a bulletin board.
    As to the automation, the electorate wanted change and yet had doubts about it.
    Lente made it harder to cheat.
    Comelec needs to improve communications.
    Vote buying is probably going to get bigger.
  • 48. Thank you.

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