Comelec seeks Congress to make the ban on election money a law
Days before the May 2013 elections, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) filed Resolution No 9688 that bans cash withdrawals of up to Php100,000 and the possession of cash up to Php500,000. This was seen as a way to control vote buying.
But the Supreme Court (SC) blocked the implementation of the resolution, saying Comelec did not have ample time to justify its implementation before the general elections.
Yesterday, Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez re-affirmed the commission’s campaign to fight vote buying, saying that it will urge Congress to create a law that would reflect the goals of Resolution No 9688.
Jimenez said Comelec is already working with Congress to come up with a law and that it is ready to discuss the matter further with lawmakers.
Although Resolution No 9688 had been blocked by SC and opposed by the Bankers Association of the Philippines last year, the SC recognised the significance of the resolution. The high court also appealed to Congress, Monetary Board and Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas to address Comelec’s concerns regarding the vote buying.
Vote buying is defined as giving or promising money to encourage anyone to vote for or against any candidate.