THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) is intensifying its information education campaign in Baguio City to ensure a successful May election.

City residents will have a chance to see how the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines will be operated.

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PCOS is the automated machine that will be used for the May 2010 elections. The Comelec will hold a demonstration of the machine's capabilities on January 29.

Baguio City election officer Modesto Bahul Jr. said the demonstration will start at 9 a.m. and will end by lunchtime. It will be held at the Baguio Convention Center.

The demonstration is open to members of media, local candidates and the incumbent city and barangay officials.

Bahul said there will be voters' education activities in all barangay districts of the city on February 4 to March 20.

He said that in the voters' education activities, there will be PowerPoint presentations on how to vote and other campaign awareness activities. The designated common poster areas for candidates will also be tackled.

"There will be designated campaign poster areas, if there are campaign materials posted outside the common areas, voters are free to report it to our office," he said.

The voters' activities will be coordinated with the barangays of Baguio and will be open to everyone.

Bahul said the Comelec wants the widest dissemination of information as possible.

There will also be Board of Election Inspectors (BEI) training on the entire month of March.

Bahul estimates the Comelec will train 1,000 people, 600 public school teachers and 400 support staffs.

Regarding the voters' precincts, Bahul said there will be 20 plus two separated districts. One of the separated districts is Irisan because of its large number of voters together with five distant barangays.

The other separated district is Pinget, which consists of Pinsao, Fairview, Guisad Surong and Central Guisad. (Visha Calventas)