PH election laws unrealistic, says poll commissioner

Posted at 11/15/12 5:26 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Armando Velasco on Thursday said Philippine election laws are unrealistic.

This, after he returned from observing the conduct of the US Presidential elections earlier this month.

Velasco was asked by reporters what lessons the Philippines can learn from the US elections.

“Gaya ng sinabi ko, kaunting amendments of the law para magkaroon ng realistic laws on elections. Election code natin ay unrealistic kaya ang daming election offenses, more than 300,” he said.

Velasco pointed out that the election laws cannot even be implemented.

“Sa iba konti lang ang violation, tayo madami pero ‘di ma-implement. Punitive ang election code pero ‘di naman na-implement,” he said.

Velasco also said the US has stricter laws and monitoring of campaign finance while the Philippines only requires that candidates submit their expenses and contributions a month after the elections.

He added that failure to submit is only penalized by low fines.

Velasco also noted that Americans trust their system more, which is why losing candidates concede early.