Precinct location still a problem for voters

LA TRINIDAD, BENGUET – Voters here still have a hard time locating their respective polling precincts on Election Day.

In a series of voters’ education concluded last week covering 16 barangays here, the common question is what precinct to vote in, said Eugene Ramos, election officer of Commission on Elections (Comelec).

The voters’ education ended in barangay Shilan, the last area on the Comelec’s list last week.

Ramos also said that the primary purpose of the series was to acquaint voters with the proper way to vote using the automated format. “Proper shading, proper insertion of ballots to the machine were discussed,” he said.

Ramos also said they emphasized the time for voting to the voters. “We have to remind them that the time to vote is from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. under the automated process,” he said.

Ramos added that some older voters are still fixed on the traditional manual time frame of voting which was from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The education series aims to let all voters know of the time allotted for actual voting.

Common questions ranged from voting sequence to polling places, traditional queries even for the manual process of voting.

Ramos said the list of clustered precincts in the valley are already available and are ready for voters to study.

Valley voters were briefed anew on how to use the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines as well as a full seminar on voter’s information.

Technical aspects of the PCOS machines were likewise discussed in each information drive aiming to give voters a full overview of the automated process.
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