Nicked this from inside the COMELEC.
The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) in partnership with the Asia Foundation, the International Foundation for Election Systems (IFES), supported by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Australian Agency for International Development (AUSAID) with the worthy contribution from the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) and Department of Education (DepEd) launched two Election Handbooks entitled “A Handbook for Members of the Board of Election Inspectors” and “Election Handbook for COMELEC Staff, Election Inspectors and Canvassers” today, March 22, 2007 at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza.
One of the highlights of the launch was the turnover of the Handbook for the Members of the Board of Election Inspectors to the DepEd represented by Secretary Jesli A. Lapus. Representing the COMELEC were Chairman Benjamin S. Abalos, Commissioners Ressurreccion Z. Borra, Florentino A. Tuason, Jr., Romeo A. Brawner, Rene V. Sarmiento, and Nicodemo T. Ferrer. Ambassador Henrietta T. de Villa of the PPCRV and Mr. Jose Concepcion of NAMFREL and representatives of global agencies who provided support and assistance to the project were also present in the said occasion.
The Election Handbook for COMELEC Staff, Election Inspectors and Canvassers is a compilation of excerpts of applicable laws, international standards, ethical principles, logistical preparations and procedures which will provide guidance and support to election workers. Meanwhile the Handbook for Members of the Board of Election Inspectors which is a product of the collective effort of COMELEC, DepEd and PPCRV is a shortened version of the General Instructions with easy to follow steps and answers to common problems and issues encountered by the BEI before, during and after Election Day.
This event also commences the series of training programs aimed at cascading to different regions in the country immediately to reach out as COMELEC field officials as possible.