MANILA – Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Sheriff Abas on Monday said the nomination of lawyer Michael Braganza Peloton to the commission will contribute to the government’s campaign to revolutionize the country’s electoral process.

“Commissioner Peloton is a timely addition to the Commission en banc as his vast experience in the field of law and information technology will highly contribute in our thrust to further improve and revolutionize our electoral processes,” Abas said in a statement.

President Rodrigo Duterte on Sept. 17 named Peloton as new Comelec commissioner with the term ending Feb. 2, 2027. He will replace Luie Tito Guia, who retired from the Comelec in February this year.

Abas said Peloton will be entering at the time the Comelec is preparing for the country’s next national polls.

“Commissioner Peloton joins Comelec at an exciting and challenging time, as we have already started preparations for the 2022 National and Local Elections in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic,” Abas said.

Abas welcomed the nomination of Peloton in behalf of the Comelec family.

“He will complement the existing members of the Commission en banc as we continue to strive to fulfill Comelec’s mandate in strengthening and advancing our democracy,” he added.

Peloton will join incumbent commissioners Ma. Rowena Amelia V. Guanzon, Socorro B. Inting, Marlon S. Casquejo, and Antonio T. Kho Jr. in the Comelec if the Commission on Appointment confirms his appointment. (PNA)

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