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Abas appointed Comelec chair

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MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte has named Commission on Elections (Comelec) commissioner Sheriff Abas as the new head of the poll body.


Abas’ appointment paper dated November 22, released by Malacañang on Nov. 24, said the new Comelec chief will serve until February 2, 2022.


He replaces former Comelec chairman Andres Bautista, who resigned from his post amid allegations of hidden wealth.


Abas will need confirmation by the Commission Appointments.


Abas, a nephew of Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s (MILF) Mohagher Iqbal, was appointed as Comelec commissioner by former President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III in 2015.


Following Bautista’s departure from the poll body, Commissioner Christian Robert Lim was named as acting chairman.


In appointing Abas as new poll body chief, Duterte heeded calls for him to appoint an insider to the constitutional body.


Before his appointment as Comelec commissioner, Abas was acting Assistant Regional Director of Civil Service Commission in Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

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