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City Comelec Office Preparing for the Worse in May Polls

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February 9, 2010 by: striker_jem Butuan – City Comelec Officer Abelardo Saco ordered for the inventory of ballot boxes kept at the City Treasurer’s Office to prepare for any eventualities come May 10 elections. GA_googleFillSlot("MindaMag_InPost_336"); The order for an inventory of ballot boxes was made following the announcement of Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Jose Melo not [...]

February 9, 2010

by: striker_jem

Butuan – City Comelec Officer Abelardo Saco ordered for the inventory of ballot boxes kept at the City Treasurer’s Office to prepare for any eventualities come May 10 elections.

The order for an inventory of ballot boxes was made following the announcement of Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Jose Melo not to be complacent on the day of the election using for the first time the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) as the Philippines electoral system begins its massive transformational phase.

In an interview with Mr. Saco, he cited the possibility of resorting to manual count should the automated counting machines fail to work in some areas.

Although City Comelec Election Officer is confident the automation polls on May 10 will be manageable and successful even when there will be some minor glitches in the transmission of ballots.

He assured the voting populace of Butuan that their office is adopting a very high degree of preparation.

Public school teachers who will be serving as members of the Board of Election Inspectors (BEI) and the Board of Election Canvassers (BEC) will begin their training next month to fully understand the PCOS technology.

Teachers will not only be taught on the arduous task of administering the vote on Election Day, but they will also undergo briefing on how to conduct the process of assisting the non-technical voting public and troubleshoot a wide-range of potential technical glitches and problems.

Mr. Saco added, “The only impediment seen by the Comelec that may cause delay and possible major voter inconvenience, is the Filipino mentality of casting their votes a few more minutes before polling places were about to close.”

The City Comelec office reminded voters to be early despite having three more hours to vote.

On May 10, 2010 voting precincts will open at 7 a.m. until 6 p.m., three hours longer from its previous 3 p.m. cut-off.

Mr. Saco further announced that should there be long queues on the voting precincts; voting time will be extended even a little longer to accommodate only those already in lines.

Butuan City has a total of 158,517 registered voters with 202 clustered precincts of not more than 1,000 voters per precinct.

Five precincts have been clustered into one precinct changing previous elections of having only 200 voters per precinct.




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