The Commission on Elections (Comelec) and Commission on Human Rights (CHR) yesterday signed a memorandum of agreement to monitor election-related violence, including human rights violations.
Under the agreement, the CHR can initiate the filing of charges against those who commit election offenses.
CHR Chairman Chito Gascon said the commission in coordination with civil society groups would deploy around 10,000 volunteers to monitor and document cases of election-related violence.
“This will be the first time that human rights violations will be monitored during elections,” Gascon said.
”We will ensure that those who commit human rights violations and violate election laws will be held accountable,” he said.
Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista said the agreement would also allow the CHR to investigate poll-related violence, including harassment of teachers who will serve on election day.