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Philippine church groups form clean election coalition

Bishop tells government to enforce law guaranteeing honest polling

Philippine church groups form clean election coalition

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Published: February 12, 2016 02:31 AM GMT

Updated: February 12, 2016 02:36 AM GMT

Various church groups in the Philippines have formed a coalition to press for "clean and honest elections" in the country and the full implementation of automated elections this year.

"Two elections have passed and the [Commission on Elections] still have not enforced the law to guarantee an honest election," said Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo.

Bishop Pabillo, chairman of the bishops' laity commission, noted that despite the passage of a poll automation law, safeguards have not been placed.

Bishop Pabillo led the launching on Feb. 10 of the Faith.e Coalition — which stands for Fairness, Accuracy, Integrity, Transparency and Honesty in Elections — an alliance of Catholic, Protestant, Evangelical, and Muslim leaders.

The group specifically demanded that the Commission on Elections, or Comelec, restore the "security features" mandated by the law that were not implemented during the 2010 and 2013 automated polls.

The Comelec this week missed its deadline to start the printing of official ballots for the May elections because of "technical problems."

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