• Vote buyers using business networking – Namfrel • Some barangay leaders getting up to P500,000 MANILA, Philippines — Three days ahead of the elections, authorities are being deluged by reports of vote buying across the country. Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde said he continues to receive reports of vote buying in different parts of the country on his cell phone. He said the complaints are too numerous and it would take him two days to reply to every text message. Election watchdog National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel) also confirmed reports of widespread vote buying. In an interview Wednesday night with “The Chiefs” on Cignal TV’s One News, Namfrel secretary general Eric Alvia said their group has been monitoring reports of vote buying way ahead of the elections. Based on the information they are getting, Alvia said candidates are giving an average of P200 to P500 per voter, and … [Read more...] about Vote-buying complaints swamp PNP
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The idea of holding digital elections is picking up steam following reports that dozens of election workers died of reported extreme fatigue during and after organizing the nation’s first-ever concurrent elections, billed by many as “the world’s most complex”. While it is hard to determine if the April 17 general elections directly caused the deaths, a consensus has been reached that the current election system — in which five different paper-based elections are held on a single day — has to be changed. One of the proposed changes is for Indonesia to apply e-voting to make elections less complicated. The proposal, however, remains controversial, with lawmakers saying that even after so many election-related deaths, e-voting still seems like a distant dream. The controversy revolves around the question of whether Indonesia — an archipelago with a population of more than 250 million people — is ready for … [Read more...] about Can e-voting solve Indonesia’s election woes?
BERLIN: Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) are becoming unelectable after the head of their youth wing JUSOS called for companies such as BMW to be collectively owned, works council chiefs have warned.JUSOS chief Kevin Kuehnert, 29, unleashed a storm of protest, including from party allies, this week when he said that "without collectivisation, overcoming capitalism is not thinkable", citing BMW specifically.The uproar took on a new dimension with the publication on Saturday of comments from works council chiefs, traditionally among the party's biggest supporters, who said the SPD was alienating itself from workers."For workers at German companies, this SPD is no longer electable," Manfred Schoch, head of the general works council at BMW, told WirtschaftsWoche magazine.Works councils are elected bodies dealing with management on issues such as working conditions and are a particular feature of Germany's post-war economic success. Kuehnert's vision for some evokes memories of Communist … [Read more...] about Germany’s SPD becoming unelectable, works council chiefs say
MANILA, Philippines — In the weeks leading to the midterm elections, two siblings of the Binay political clan had a very public spat: In a Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting-led electoral forum on April 27, incumbent Makati City Mayor Abby Binay in a heated discussion with brother Junjun, a former mayor sekeing to retake city hall. During the spat, which happened at a church, Junjun mockingly knelt before Abby while clan patriarch Jejomar and Makati top cop Pablo Simon pacified the two warring mayoral candidates. The scene at the PPCRV forum draws a picture in stark contrast to October 2015, when Junjun—then the city mayor and reeling from a dismissal order by the Office of the Ombudsman— accompanied Abby in filing her certificate of candidacy for mayor. FROM INTERAKSYON: ‘Ganito kami sa Makati’: Sibling rivalry of Abby, Junjun Binay for all to see How did the two Binay siblings end up on warring sides? Binay stronghold … [Read more...] about Binay brood war: How the Abby and Junjun rift came to be
Mahathir also said that the prime minister’s post is determined by the people, unlike the Johor Crown Prince, who can be replaced. The Straits Times The Johor Crown Prince and Malaysia’s Prime Minister are engaged in yet another war of words. This time, the Prime Minister has reportedly referred to the royal as a “small fry”. Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s comment comes after Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim was caught on video saying that the Prime Minister of Malaysia should be changed. After football club Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) lost to Shandong Luneng in the AFC Champions League on Wednesday (April 24), one fan chanted: “Change (JDT’s coach Benjamin) Mora”. The Crown Prince, who also owns JDT, stuck his head out the passenger seat window and said to fans in Malay: “Instead of changing Mora, it’s better to change the prime minister,” Malaysiakini reported. When addressing reporters at China World Hotel on … [Read more...] about Mahathir called the Johor Crown Prince ‘a small fry’, after the royal was filmed saying ‘it’s better to change the Prime Minister’