A Balanced Approach to Artificial Intelligence for the 2025 PH Elections: Ethical Guidelines, Transparency Approaches, and Political Education

LENTE recognizes that advancements in Artificial Intelligence, such as generative AI, are increasingly used in information/influence operations or misused to peddle disinformation, particularly within the context of elections. The use of deepfakes in the elections of Indonesia and India this year or during the Nigerian and Slovakian elections last year, as well

SAVE THE DATES: Regional forum on 2024 Super Elections year set for 13-14 May 2024

The Legal Network for Truthful Elections (LENTE) partnered with the National Democratic Institute (NDI), the Asian Network for Free Elections(ANFREL), and the Bangsamoro Information Office (BIO) for the regional forum "One year before the 2025 Philippine Elections: What can we learn from the 2024 Super Election year?" The forum will convene election

One Year After Bangsamoro Autonomy Act No. 35: A Call for Swift Action on Implementation

On this day last year (8 March 2023), the Bangsamoro Transition Authority passed Bangsamoro Autonomy Act No. 35, also known as the Bangsamoro Electoral Code. The said law embodies the collective aspirations and tireless efforts of both government and non-government stakeholders and represents great progress toward the realization of autonomy under the

Transparency Beyond Procurement is Needed for Public Confidence in the 2025 NLE and 1st BARMM Parliamentary Elections

While concerns arose regarding the integrity of the lone bidder - Miru Systems Co. - for the new Automated Counting Machines (ACM), and the integrity of Miru-developed machines provided to other countries, the transparency in the bidding process must be acknowledged. The involvement of civil society organizations (CSOs), LENTE included, as observers

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

ANFREL members recognized for election work, championing FOI

Several ANFREL members were recently recognized for their election work and for championing freedom of information. The Legal Network for Truthful Elections (LENTE) in the Philippines was one of the awardees during the 2023 FOI Awards which recognize government agencies, partners, individuals and civil society organizations that significantly contribute to the development

Developments in the Focused Monitoring Efforts of LENTE for Vulnerable Sectors for the 2023 Barangay and SK Elections

October 30, 2023, Quezon City. The Legal Network for Truthful Elections (LENTE) continues to observe election day processes, with particular focus on the voting experiences of Persons with Disability (PWD), Older Persons (OP), Persons Deprived of Liberty (PDL), and Indigenous Peoples (IPs). Voting of Persons with Disability, Older Persons, and Heavily pregnant

Persons with Disabilities, Older Persons, and Heavily Pregnant Women avail of Early Voting hours and Mall Voting; LENTE observes incidents of unlawful electioneering and illegal assistance of watchers, deviation from election day procedures as BSKE polls open

October 30, 2023, Quezon City. As early as 4:00 AM, the Legal Network for Truthful Election's 1,000 election observers nationwide proceeded to their assigned voting centers to observe the preliminaries to voting, the opening of polls, and the implementation of COMELEC innovations. Early Voting in Naga City & Muntinlupa City In Naga

LENTE’s Statement on Abuse of State Resources (ASR) Monitoring during the Election Period for BSKE 2023

October 18, 2023, Quezon City. Since 28 August 2023, the Legal Network for Truthful Elections (LENTE) has been monitoring electoral activities for the upcoming Barangay and SK Elections (BSKE). This is a component of a pioneering initiative to analyze how incumbent officials use state resources for their electoral advantage, affecting the standard

LENTE’s Statement on COMELEC Exemptions of Government Programs for the 2023 Barangay and SK Elections

15 September 2023, Quezon City. LENTE strongly urges the public to be vigilant of the politicization of programs and other social welfare services in view of the COMELEC’s recent decision to exempt DOLE and DSWD programs from poll spending ban. These programs, based on LENTE’s on-going in-depth research and monitoring, have historically

LENTE welcomes SC decision declaring unconstitutional the law postponing 2022 barangay, SK polls

Since May 2022, LENTE pushed for the conduct of the supposed December 2022 Barangay and SK Election (BSKE) and continuously stood firm against its postponement. LENTE welcomes the decision of the Supreme Court declaring Republic Act No. 11935* unconstitutional as well as the guidelines set by the court on future postponement of

LENTE to host colloquium on electoral reforms

ANFREL member in the Philippines, the Legal Network for Truthful Elections (LENTE) is hosting "MOVE! A Colloquium on Electoral Reforms" from 8 to 10 December 2022 at Century Park Hotel in Manila. With the theme "Maximizing Opportunities and Valuing Elections (MOVE) through Electoral Reforms", the colloquium aims to highlight the need for

LENTE’s statement on the results of its monitoring project on abuse of state resources in Philippine Elections

Abuse of State Resources (ASR) is an overlooked form of political corruption in the Philippines whereby candidates or political parties unduly utilize official powers and government resources to gain electoral advantage. What distinguishes ASR from the other acts of corruption is its indispensable electoral component, that is, the acts are committed to

LENTE’s statement on the first public consultations of BTA Bill No. 29 – Bangsamoro Electoral Code

October 21, 2022, Ortigas, National Capital Region. In line with the Bangsamoro Transition Authority's (BTA) ongoing development and public consultation, the Legal Network for Truthful Elections (LENTE) presents its recommendations to the current iteration of the proposed Bangsamoro Electoral Code (BEC). Since 2020, LENTE, in various roles and capacities, has been actively

2022 Maguindanao Plebiscite: LENTE calls for more stringent enforcement of electoral laws

The Legal Network for Truthful Elections (LENTE) thanked the Maguindanaoans for taking part in the historic plebiscite on Saturday, 17 September 2022, where they voted on whether or not they agree in dividing the province into Maguindanao del Norte and Maguindanao del Sur. LENTE, however, observed that proper health protocols were not

LENTE reiterates call to push through with Barangay, SK elections as scheduled

The Legal Network for Truthful Elections (LENTE) provided the following update on a August 23 senate committee hearing on the postponement of the scheduled Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (Young Council) elections in the Philippines. LENTE highlighted two major challenges that emerged from the hearing: The Senate Committee on Electoral Reform and People's

No to another postponement of the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections — LENTE

ANFREL member in the Philippines, the Legal Network for Truthful Elections (LENTE) and other like-minded organizations launched a petition calling for the next Congress not to postpone the scheduled Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections. Sign the petition here. We amplify our call to the next Congress not to postpone the December 5,

LENTE observes long queues, technical and non-technical issues, and unlawful electioneering as the 2022 National and Local Elections open

LENTE said they observed long queues, technical and non-technical issues, and unlawful electioneering as the 2022 Philippine national and local elections opened. LENTE asked COMELEC to reinforce that the use of phones, even if utilized as a voter’s “kodigo” inside the polling place, is not allowed. COMELEC earlier stated that the use

LENTE bares Election Day plans, presents initial findings of abuse of state resources monitoring

On LENTE's plans for Election Day The Legal Network for Truthful Elections (LENTE) has launched several initiatives with its partner organizations and monitoring projects to ensure Safe, Accountable, Transparent, and Inclusive elections this May 9, 2022. LENTE is among the civil society organizations that were convened by the Commission on Human Rights

Conduct another voting simulation — LENTE

First published on LENTE's Facebook Page. The Legal Network for Truthful Elections (LENTE) participated as observers at the COMELEC’s Voting Simulation Exercise on 23 October 2021, in San Juan Elementary School to help ensure a safe, accountable, inclusive, transparent elections which will inspire national public confidence. The primary purpose of the simulation

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