Lakas-CMD Meeting to Focus on Electoral Reforms, Automation
Byline: Ben R. Rosario
The Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (CMD) convention scheduled on Thursday and Friday, Jan. 17-18, at the historic landmark Manila Hotel will focus on party proposals for electoral reforms and poll automation, not on the choice of its bet for the 2010 presidential elections.
Paranaque City Rep. Eduardo Zialcita, also Lakas-CMD deputy secretary-general, revealed the program as he denied reports that representatives of the ruling party have been holding negotiations to consider possible presidential contenders from other political groups, including opposition Sen. Loren Legarda.
Zialcita said Lakas-CMD boasts of a stable of top political personalities capable of spearheading the party's bid for continued political supremacy in the 2010 national polls.
He mentioned House Speaker Jose de Venecia Jr. and Quezon City Mayor Feliciano Belmonte as among prospective presidential bets.
He rejected allegations that Lakas-CMD has a shallow bench of Malacanang aspirants in 2010.
Zialcita said leaders of the Lakas-CMD will meet soon, but their discussion will not focus on choosing the party's standard-bearer.
"The Lakas-CMD will focus on electoral reforms instead of the 2010 presidential elections. We intend to call for the staging of an electoral reform summit," the Paranaque City lawmaker told reporters
"We claim to be the oldest democracy in Asia, but we could not even count our votes correctly," Zialcita said.
The delay in the implementation of the Electoral Modernization Law is one of several issues to be discussed in the convention.
Earlier, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said it will meet next week to identify the specifications for the technology that will be used to automate the 2010 presidential polls.
The Poll Automation Law has been approved by Congress, but a pending Supreme Court case on a legal controversy surrounding a previous modernization law has remained a stumbling block to its full implementation. …