Voters fret over poor hallway lighting in Caloocan, Navotas precincts-A A +A
Monday, October 28, 2013
VOTERS in some precincts in the cities of Navotas and Caloocan complained about poor lighting in the hallways and poor accessibility for senior citizens on Monday.
Police Superintendent Bernard Tambadan of Caloocan City Police Station said that voters in Caloocan City High School fretted about some hallways with poor lighting. He added voters had to use flashlights to see their precincts from the official voters' list.
Caloocan City High School is the main polling center, with 40 classrooms catering to not more than 40 barangays with about 14,000 voters.
Wilma De Jesus, a voter from Barangay 162 in Caloocan City said, “Mahirap kung wala kang flash light. Buti na lang karamihan ng cellphone ngayon may flash light. May ilaw nga madilim pa din naman. Hindi sa tinitignan namin nakatapat yung ilaw.”
However, the Board of Election Tellers assigned in the area were already addressing the issue, said Tambadan.
Meanwhile, in Paez Elementary School in Navotas City, senior citizens complained that there are no special rooms for them in the ground floor.
Francisca Flores, 78, a registered voter from Barangay 135 in Navotas said, “Ang hirap umakyat, ang taas taas. Sana dito na lang kami sa baba.”
Cecilia Barnachia, election supervisor of Paez Elementary School, said they tried addressing the complaints by having the watchers and Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting members carry the voters to their respective precincts.
"That is all we can do. Wala naman kasing special instruction ang Comelec (Commission on Elections) regarding that. Kung hindi talaga nila kaya. Uwi na lang sila," she said.
Paez Elementary School caters to 20 barangays with at least 24,000 registered voters.
But the National Capital Region Police Chief Superintendent Marcelo Garbo said in an interview at the Caloocan City High School that barangay polls in Caloocan City and Navotas were "under control."
Garbo together with his team inspected the different polling places after the elections started at 7 a.m.
"So far maganda ang lagay ng eleksyon natin sa mga lugar na naikutan ko. Hoping sana hanggang matapos maging maayos pa din," he said. (Sunnex)