By MIKHA FLORES
A Commission on Elections official who once blocked the confirmation of Comelec Chair Sixto Brillantes Jr. is now vying for one of the two vacancies in the poll body.
Planning Department Director Ferdinand Rafanan has submitted his application for Comelec Commissioner to President Benigno Aquino and told him he would spearhead anti-corruption efforts in the election body.
He also vowed to address vote buying which is “a very urgent and long-lasting issue”. He said the first automated elections in May 2010 only solved the issues of fraud and vote padding and shaving.