LENTE releases assessment report on 2023 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections in PH

The Legal Network for Truthful Elections (LENTE) released their assessment report and policy recommendations on the 2023 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE) in the Philippines which was held on 30 October 2023.

LENTE said the conduct of regular and periodic elections must be ensured and that the capacity of the Commission on Elections to hold election violators accountable must be enhanced.

Other policy recommendations LENTE presented in the report include:
The need to develop a contingency plan for the implementation of health and safety protocols in the event of future health emergencies;
Strengthen the enforcement of the ban on the bearing, carrying, or transporting of firearms or deadly weapons during the election period to mitigate physical harm;
Training of election officers in the COMELEC field offices on maximizing the online space for their election work;
Increase in the involvement of civil society organizations and other stakeholders in the development and enhancement of electoral innovations;
Revisit policies involving anti-dynasty provisions and vulnerable sector voting.

LENTE deployed 1,000 volunteers from its 45 law school chapters, eight Tayo Na! Collaboratory (TN!C) for Young LEaders of Democracy coalitions and 50 partner organizations in selected areas covering 17 regions across the country.

The elections were assessed on the following criteria: a) Safety, b) Accountability, c) Transparency, and d) Inclusiveness. These are used to determine the public confidence in the elections.

READ LENTE's full assessment report here: "2023 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections: Assessment Report and Policy Recommendations"



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