[Blueboard] Bantay Canvass: Be a LENTE Volunteer for Truthful Elections

Benjamin T. Tolosa, Jr. btolosa at ateneo.edu
Mon Apr 9 06:18:07 PHT 2007

BANTAY CANVASS:  Be a LENTE Volunteer for Truthful Elections!

Clean, honest and credible elections is the goal of the Legal Network for
Truthful Elections or LENTE. It is the first nationwide network of
lawyers, law students, paralegals and other trained volunteers set up by
various non-partisan groups engaged in election monitoring work to
perform primarily two tasks, particularly in the coming May 14 elections:

•	To monitor the canvassing of tallied votes in cities, municipalities,
and provinces around the country; and
•	To provide legal services to members of the Network during the election

For this purpose, LENTE aims to gather around 10,000 volunteers for the
following work:

a.	At least 9,600 volunteers (3,200 lawyers and 6,400 law
students/paralegals/trained volunteers) to monitor the canvassing of
votes in 1,600 cities/municipalities and 81 provinces around the country;
b.	Additional lawyers as LENTE coordinators at local level;
c.	Additional lawyers, law students, paralegals and trained volunteers to
monitor canvassing at the national level and to provide legal services at
the national level; and
d.	Volunteers at local and national levels to provide support and
assistance to the volunteer monitors during the canvassing process.

In preparation for the May 14 elections, LENTE will be conducting training
sessions on election laws and procedure at national, regional and
provincial levels.

The Co-Convenors of LENTE are Atty. Jose Vicente B. Salazar, National
President of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, and Atty. Carlos P.
Medina, Jr., Chief Legal Counsel of One Voice and Executive Director of
the Ateneo Human Rights Center. The National Secretariat is based at the
Ateneo Human Rights Center, Ateneo Professional Schools, 20 Rockwell
Drive, Rockwell Center, Makati City.

You may reach the LENTE secretariat through the following contact details:

Legal Network for Truthful Elections (LENTE)
National Secretariat
c/o Ateneo Human Rights Center
Tel. No: (02) -- 8997691 local 2123; Telefax  8994342
Mobile No.: +639155797926 (Ms. Anna Katrina A. Carillo)
E-mail Address: aacunesco at yahoo.com

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