Brillantes assures smooth 2016 poll preps amid looming retirement
MANILA, Philippines — Commission on Elections (Comelec) chief Sixto Brillantes Jr. said his and two commissioners’ retirement next year would not affect the preparations for the 2016 elections.
During Monday’s hearing before the committee on suffrage and electoral reforms at the House of Representatives, Brillantes assured there would still be a majority in the body even after he and commissioners Lucenito Tagle and Elias Yusoph retire on February 2015.
Commissioners Christian Robert Lim, Luie Guia, Al Parreno and Grace Padaca will be the holdovers.
Brillantes said the poll body has started preparing May this year or exactly two years before the 2016 presidential elections.
He said the poll body has learned to make headway before the elections based on their experiences in the 2010 and 2013 polls.