Poll body to maintain 1,000 voters per precinct

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Saturday, December 1, 2012


THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) has decided to maintain the 1,000-voter limit for every clustered precinct for the May 2013 polls.

Based on Comelec Resolution 9562, the commission en banc said it shall again employ the clustering of polling precincts in a bid to maximize the use of the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines.

"Established precincts in one cluster/group must not exceed seven with an aggregate number of registered voters not exceeding 1,000," said the resolution dated November 23.

Each clustered/grouped precinct shall be assigned one Board of Election Inspector (BEI), it said.

Back in the May 2010 polls, the first nationwide automated elections in the country, the Comelec experienced "bottle necks" in polling precincts due to the problematic verification of names of registered voters and the mad rush of people wanting to vote.

This has resulted to delays in the opening of some polling precincts while others were forced to delay the close of voting hours.

Earlier this year, then Comelec Commissioner Augusto Lagman disclosed that the en banc is keen on limiting the number of clustered precincts and voters for the 2013 polls.

Lagman had then said that the commission en banc is already inclined to limit the clustering of precincts to a maximum of four regular precincts per clustered precincts as long as they do not go beyond 600 voters.

In the resolution, the commission noted that the precincts to be clustered/grouped should belong to the same barangay and voting center and that the mother and daughter precinct/s shall belong to the same clustered/grouped precincts.

But despite being clustered, the poll body said the individual precinct numbers; Election Day Computerized Voters' List (EDCVL); Precinct Computerized Voters' List (PCVL); and Book of Voters (BOVs) of each precinct in every clustered or grouped of precincts shall be maintained.

In the 2010 polls, there were an estimated 76,000 clustered precincts for the 50,850,938 registered voters. (HDT/Sunnex)

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