Comelec briefs election inspectors in Oro

THE Commission on Election (Comelec) held the first day of the final briefing for members of the Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) who will be serving in the May 9 polls.

Lailani Nazi, Election Assistant II, explained the task of the BEIs in a briefing done at the West City Central School on Monday afternoon.

Nazi explained to BEIs what to do before, during, and after the voting process, including the dropping of the voter-verified paper audit trail or receipt.

But Nazi warned the BEI's to vigilantly observe voters after the Voting Counting Machine (VCM) issues the "receipt" as a separate "ready-made receipt" may be dropped by the voter.

"Tan-awon gayud ninyog maayo nga pag-review sa voter sa receipt, mao gyud gihapon na ang iyang ihulog sa box," Nazi told the BEIs.

Nazi said that no receipt should be brought outside the polling precinct.

"Siguroon gayud nga walay ipagawas nga receipt," Nazi said.

Nazi urged BEIs not to argue with voters who have complaints and advised them to refer these to the Comelec instead.

Teachers serving as BEIs also made clarifications on possible problems that may occur during the actual election.

Chito Espinosa, BEI chairman of West Central School, expressed his worries about the new voting procedure.

He said their main concern is the focus on the additional workload due to the issuance of the 'receipt.'

"Ang nakita namo nga problema nga kung dili magtakdo ang gibotaran sa botante ug sa nigawas sa resibo, pero ingon man ang comelec nga ipasulat lang namo ang ngalan sa botante unya pirma and then among ibutang sa minutes," Espinosa said.

"Dugang gayud ni nga oras sa amo kining resibo pero wala nami mahimo kay approve naman," Espinosa added.

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