Military, police cast votes in local absentee voting

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Monday, April 29, 2013


PERSONNEL from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP), and appointed Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) cast their votes in different polling centers in Davao City as the local absentee voting for the May 13 midterm elections entered its second day Monday.

Commission on Elections (Comelec) regional director Atty. Wilfredo Jay Balisado said members of the police regional office cast their votes at the regional headquarters in Camp Catitipan while personnel of Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) participated in the manual voting at Camp Felix Apolinario in Panacan.

Balisado said forces from the Task Force Davao (TFD) also casted their votes at their headquarters at Sta. Ana Wharf while public school teachers, who will serve as BEIs during the Election Day, voted for their candidates at the Kapitan Tomas Monteverde Sr. Elementary School in C. Bangoy Sr., Street.

"Manual voting ang gagawin nila so they won't be using the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines. Ang gagawin na lang nila is i-turnover nila ang ballots sa PNP and ang PNP na ang magdedeliver ng mga ballots sa Comelec headquarters sa Manila for canvassing (They will be doing manual voting so they won't be using the PCOS machines. What they will do is the ballots should be turned over to the PNP and the PNP will deliver the ballots to the Comelec headquarters in Manila for canvassing)," Balisado said over the phone.

The three-day local absentee started Sunday, April 28, and will end today, April 30.

Meanwhile, Balisado said the 3,501 PCOS machines needed in Davao Region for the midterm automated elections on May 13 have been delivered and the transport of these machines in different provinces are ongoing.

"We have been pulling out some PCOS machines from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) office at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport and they are now being distributed to the different clustered precincts in the region," Balisado said.

He added that the delivery of the official ballots is currently ongoing and they will be delivering the official ballots to the polling precincts not more than 24 hours before the election.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on April 30, 2013.

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