TEACHERS who are assigned to work on May 10, Election Day, will be given 30 minutes to vote in their respective precincts in accordance with a poll body resolution issued March 16.

Resolution No. 8798 amended Section 12 of an earlier Commission on Elections (Comelec) resolution which states that the Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) will be given 20 minutes to leave their precinct to vote.

In the amended resolution, BEIs are given an extension of 10 minutes or a total of 30 minutes to cast their votes.

BEIs may also avail of the local absentee voting that will be held on April 24 to 26. The registration for absentee voting ended March 15.

“(BEIs may) vote in the precincts where they are registered, provided that they do so when the voting in their respective places of assignments is light, and their absence shall not be for more than 30 minutes. For this purpose, they shall schedule their voting so that only one member of the BE1 shall leave at any one time," Comelec Resolution No. 8798 stated.

The Department of Education (DepEd) earlier urged the Comelec to ensure that teachers assigned on poll duty be allowed to vote on Election Day.

Some BEIs who were not able to participate in the two previous elections will not be able to vote this coming May polls in accordance with the rules of the poll body.

BEIs are public school teachers who are assigned to guide voters on Election Day.

They will also serve as caretakers of the election returns to be produced after the voting period.

The commission meanwhile has already starting the training of BEIs in preparation for the first-ever automated polls to be implemented this May. (Kathrina Alvarez/Sunnex)