As part of its responsibilities, PLM will take part in preparations for a three-day National Election Summit scheduled in January 2023 and pre-summit activities by providing manpower and knowledge-sharing through its professors and students. Participants from the PLM College of Law will be tapped to participate in debates together with representatives from other law schools in the country, centering on election laws and policies.
Comelec Commissioner Celis explained that the poll body will focus on greater digitalization to streamline electoral processes.
“By the time we hold the election summit, we will collate all our resolutions to be presented to the public for comments and recommendations,” he said during the signing ceremony.
Comelec Chairman Garcia added that the poll body will abide by complete transparency, accountability, and inclusiveness as it hosts the election summit and conducts future national and local elections.
“This election summit shows how Comelec recognizes the importance of democracy,” Chairman Garcia said, noting that collaboration with stakeholders will allow the poll body to better address issues encountered in past elections and to introduce new technology and innovation that will further improve the conduct of voting.
The voter registration period resumes on December 9 and will close on January 31, 2023.
The summit is intended to spark a national dialogue and consultation for the review, formulation, and enhancement of Comelec’s policies, plans and programs for future elections, taking off from the May 9, 2022 experience and in past nationwide polls.
Project partners include the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV); Legal Network for Truthful Elections (Lente); National Citizens' Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel); Center for People Empowerment in Governance (CenPEG); Halalang Marangal; the Legal Education Board; the Philippine Association of Law Schools; the Philippine Consortium Inc.; Institute of Electronics and Communications Engineers of the Philippines; Right to know, Right Now! Coalition; Philippine Association of Fintech Lawyers; and the Philippine Computer Society.