Thursday, May 17, 2007

More Volunteers needed for Namfrel Tabulation and Bantay Canvass

A call for volunteers from VforCE: 1 million Volunteers for Clean Elections:

"Gabay Halalan again wishes to thank all volunteers and supporters for time, talent and treasure shared. Your contributions have made many great things possible through this year's operations.

As we begin to scale down the operations for Gabay Halalan, please doconsider other avenues for continued service. Should you still want tovolunteer, the Bantay Bilang Namfrel Quick-Count operations for Quezon City and Namfrel Quick-Count National Operations in La Salle Greenhillsare still in need of volunteers to help staff their operations in the MVP Student Leadership Center at the Ateneo Katipunan campus and at Greenhills.

The Ateneo Human Rights Center at the Rockwell campus is the Operations hub of Bantay Canvass of the Legal Network for Truthful Elections (LENTE)/PPCRV. Lawyers, law students and other trained volunteers from the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, various law schools and civic organizations are closely watching the canvassing process and making sure that the Certificates of Canvass (COCs) at the municipal and provincial levels are consistent with the Election Returns (ERs) at the precinct level. The election period is not yet over. Systematic fraud can take place at the point of canvassing, and we need to continue to watch over the process.

The following are the available shifts for the Namfrel QC operations:

8pm-12MN; 12MN-4am; and 4am-8am

For the Namfrel Greenhills National tabulations, the available shifts are the following:

10am - 6pm, 6pm - 2am, and 2am to 10am

If you are interested to volunteer for the Namfrel QC operations, you may contact Bea at (0927) 265-9837 or go directly to the MVP lobby, 30-45 minutes before your preferred shift (for proper training and orientation.)

If you are interested to volunteer for the Namfrel National Tabulation in Greenhills, you may contact Ms. Marjorie Tejada at 426-6101 local 3441 or 426-5968. Volunteers may also be needed for other tabulation centers and you may be assigned where volunteers are most needed.

If you are interested to volunteer or to support Lente's Bantay Canvass in any way (including food donations and other logistical support to Lente operations in Rockwell and in the field), please contact Anna Carillo at 899-7691 ext. 2123; telefax 899-4342; email: Lente Hotlines: 0921-5355949 (Smart); 0927-3037122 (Globe).

We need clean elections. We need genuine democracy. We need you.

Thank you very much.

Benjamin T. Tolosa, Jr., Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Political Science
School of Social Sciences
Ateneo de Manila University
Loyola Heights, Quezon City 1108

Co-Convenor, VforCE: 1 million Volunteers for Clean Elections;; 0922-8600-SLB

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