Comelec’s spokesman James Jimenes is one of the guest speakers in the YouScoop event to talk regarding things about this coming election. He shares a lot of informative reminders and tips on how to be a responsible citizen journalist (also as a voter) during the election day.
What are the Things Inside the Precinct?
Board of Election Inspector (BEI)- composed of teacher and tech assistant to help in the operation on the PCOS machine. They are assign for giving ballots, checking election day computerized voter’s list and basically to administer the whole presinct.
Precinct Count Optical Scanner (PCOS) machine -should be situated in the middle of the room.
Watchers – come from the political players from the dominant majority and dominant minority. These politicians allowed to have two watchers.
Do’s and Don’ts
1. In the process of taking a ballot, voters don’t have to take their fingerprints anymore, because now, we do have the election day computerized voter’s list that have the voter’s name, biometrics, picture and signature. Voter’s ID is not required but occasionally voters should bring authentic documents that can establish their identity if BEI mistrust them.
2. Voters should check the front and back of the ballot. Make sure that the circle fields should be blanked and clean to prevent the invalidity of the ballot. For any reasons that you are not satisfy in to your ballot, you may ask the BEI to replace it before going in the voting area.
3. Voters should be the one and the only one who will insert the ballot in the PCOS machine.
4. Maintain the sanctity and the secrecy of the votes by using folder to protect and cover the ballot.
5. Taking photos inside the precinct is prohibited as for formality and as a protection for yourself. BEI will might suspect you doing suspicious thing and politician’s watchers might think your actually doing something from their opponent.
6. Watchers are not allowed for asking, campaigning, bullying and trying to influence the outcome of the voter’s choice.
Comelec also extends the voting time from 7am – 7pm.
“Pursuant to Section 2 of Republic Act No. 7166, the next National and Local Elections is scheduled to be held on the second Monday of May 2013, which falls on May 13th.” – COMELEC