Comelec to voters: Prepare list of bets

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Sunday, April 28, 2013


COMMISSION on Elections (Comelec)-Davao Director lawyer Wilfredo Jay Balisado urged voters to identify their candidates ahead before going to polling centers to hasten the voting process during the May elections.

He said if the voters will have this initiative, each voter may only take at least five minutes to cast a vote.

"One of the delays that polling centers may experience is the voting process itself. The ballots are quite big and confusing and voters may spend a lot of time looking for their candidates if they are not familiar with the ballots," Balisado said.

The voters will only be given one ballot. Thus, Balisado also encouraged the voters to shade the ballots properly and keep them clean so that the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines will not be rejected.

The Comelec-Davao chief, however, expressed his concern on the make-shift voting centers they established in the areas hit hard by Typhoon Pablo.

"The polling centers will open at 7 a.m. and will close at 7 p.m. But there are instances where the voting process may be suspended in the make-shift voting centers, especially when it is raining because the PCOS machines may be destroyed if they get wet," he said.

Make-shift voting centers will be established in four municipalities of Compostela Valley that were hardly hit by Typhoon Pablo.

But
Balisado remains optimistic that the process may still be expedited despite the possible suspension of voting process in the make-shift voting centers.

"If the voters already know what to do and the Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) act fast, we could still adhere to the schedule," he said.

"But if the voting process will be stopped for a long time due to different circumstances, the BEIs will just have to file a report so that they could extend the voting period," he added.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on April 29, 2013.

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