Saturday, December 04, 2021

San Juan voters to test voting process

OVER 4,000 residents of San Juan City are set to test the voting process ahead of the May 2022 polls, as the Commission on Elections (Comelec) holds its voting simulation activity Saturday, October 23, 2021.

In a social media post, Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez said a total of 4,235 test voters will troop to the San Juan Elementary School for the simulation activity.

"On 23 October -- tomorrow -- registered voters of Barangays Balongbato and Ermitaño in San Juan City will be participating in a simulation of the national and local elections," said Jimenez.

The activity, he said, seeks to determine the average timeframe in the verification process of the identity of the voters in the Election Day Computerized Voting List (EDCVL) based on 800 registered voters per clustered precinct in order to come up with proposals aimed to streamline the process.

Jimenez said it also aims to identify other areas of concern or issues in the verification process by taking into consideration the minimum health and safety protocols.

The activity also aims to formulate measures that will help decongest polling places and implement procedures that will ensure completion of voting process in the shortest possible time, he added.

"We are confident that this activity will help us to streamline the overall voting experience," said Jimenez.

The simulation activity, which will be conducted from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., will make use of four classrooms as polling precincts and three other classrooms as holding areas.

Voters registering a temperature higher than 37.5 degrees Celsius, the poll official said, will be allowed to vote in an Isolation Polling Place (IPP).

An Emergency Accessible Polling Place (EAPP) will also be available for those in the vulnerable sector, such as persons with disability (PWD), senior citizens, and heavily pregnant women.

The Comelec said a Voter's Assistance Desk (VAD) for securing one's precinct and sequence numbers will also be installed.

Jimenez said all participants will be required to wear face mask and face shield while inside the voting center and polling place while observing one-meter physical distancing and proper cough and sneezing etiquette at all times. (HDT/SunStar Philippines)


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