Polls servers still await Comelec’s honorarium

NOT only teachers who served as Board of Election Inspectors (BIEs) but also the members of the Board of Canvassers (BOCs) and their assistants who served in the May 13 elections are still waiting for the honorarium from the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

According to Provincial Comelec Supervisor Wil Arceno, there were 6,132 teachers who served as BEIs in Negros Occidental that were supposed to receive P4,000 each.

Up to this time, however, the majority or about 52 percent of these teachers have not yet received their honorarium. In fact, Arceno said that on the whole, the BEIs in Himamaylan City have not yet received their honorarium.

Aside from the teachers, the BOCs which were composed of three persons each for every town and city were also not able to receive their honorarium of P10,000 each.

Arceno himself, as the provincial chair of the BOCs, has yet to receive his honorarium.

The BOCs assistants, 10 for every town and city, have also not received their honorarium, which is pegged at P5,000 each.

But Arceno said that some of the teachers or BEIs were already able to receive their honorarium through their ATMs and cash cards.

Some who have not yet received their honorariums may find it is due to problems on their ATMs and cash cards; the names of the teachers were already sent through fax, and their honorarium may be given through the payroll system, he added.

As to the BOCs and their assistants, Arceno said they are still waiting for their honorarium from Comelec-Manila, adding that they have been doing the follow-ups for the payment.

Already paid by the Comelec were the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) technicians and the teachers who served as members of the Random Manual Audit Count (RMAC).

The PCOS technicians received P4,000 each as honorarium and additional P1,000 each for load, while the members of the RMAC received P3,500 each.

Meanwhile, Arceno said they already submitted to Comelec Manila five ballot boxes where results of the Random Manual Audit did not match the electronic tally results or had a variance.

The ballot boxes were from Bacolod City, Cadiz City, La Castellana, Cauayan and San Enrique.  The matter will be resolved by Comelec Manila, he said.

Arceno also revealed that as of Monday, he has not received any official complaints from La Castellana about the reported complaints on disenfranchisement of voters being alleged to have occurred in the town during the May 13 elections.

He said he has been waiting for the complaints after he received reports through media interviews. (TDE)
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