Comelec gives final reminders ahead of barangay polls
MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is ready for the barangay elections on Monday as it once again gave voters some reminders and tips to ensure an orderly election.
In an interview with radio dzMM on Sunday, Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said voters should bring a valid ID – not necessarily a voter’s ID – to ensure that they will be able to vote.
Voters should use the ball pen that will be given inside the precinct, instead of a pencil. They should also write down the complete name of the candidate they are voting for.
Jimenez also reminded voters that they are not allowed to take pictures of their ballots after voting.
Voting period starts at 7 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. Comelec Commissioner Luie Guia said if a voter is in the precinct by 3 p.m, his name will be written down and so he will still be able to vote. If he arrives late and his name is not listed, however, he will not be able to vote.
After voting, the votes will be canvassed and the proclamation of winners will be done at the polling center.
Guia also explained the rule regarding the “equity of the incumbent,” which means that the incumbent and re-electionist official will receive the vote of a candidate with the same last name, if no first name is indicated on the ballot.
The Comelec expects an 80% voter turnout, or over 43 million out of the 53 million registered voters.
Jimenez also called on the public to be vigilant, reminding them that campaign clothing is not allowed in the voting precinct. Candidates and incumbent officials are also not allowed to remain in the precinct once they are done voting.
Candidates are no longer allowed to campaign. A liquor ban is also in effect.
Those who were not able to vote in the 2010 barangay elections as well as in the elections last May will not be able to vote on Monday, as they have been deactivated.
For election-related complaints, voters can call the Comelec hotlines: 09479059496 and 09205073255. -- Report from Bianca Antalan, DZMM