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Do you know how to vote? Here's how

May 09, 2019 - Thursday 7:05 AM by Judy Quiros

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With days before the midterm election, it is important to know the proper way of voting to ensure a smooth poll process.

The national and local election will be held on May 13, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Two things voters should remember is to shade  properly and avoid overvoting, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said.

Comelec officials have been reminding voters to fully shade the circle and avoid overshading on the name of their preferred candidates, otherwise their ballot will be voided by the vote counting machine (VCM).

“For senators, a voter could only pick 12 candidates or less. And while there are 59 seats available for party lists, a voter could only choose one group,” Comelec said.

Comelec said the total number of active registered voters reached 61,843,750 nationwide.

                                                                                                                                              Graphics courtesy of Comelec

In a briefer, the Comelec specified the voting process as follows:

  1. First, the voter will look for his/her name in the Posted Computerized Voters List (PCVL) at the polling place, which would determine the precinct number and sequence number.
  2. Verification follows after a member of the electoral board (EB) verifies the voter's identity and checks if any of his/her fingernails have already been stained with indelible ink.
  3. In some areas like Manila, Quezon City, Caloocan City, Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija, Cavite, Iloilo, Cebu, Negros Occidental, Zamboanga del Sur, Misamis Oriental, Davao Del Sur, and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, the Voter Registration Verification Machine (VRVM) will be used to verify the identity of the voter.
  4. After the voter’s identity has been established by the EB, the voter will affix his/her signature in the Election Day Computerized Voters List (EDCVL).
  5. Upon completing the procedures, the voter can now fill up the ballot and cast his/her vote in the VCM, which will display messages and the ballot will automatically drop inside the ballot box.  

Thousands of law enforcers from the police nationwide with back-up from the military are now deployed in their respective assignments in preparation for Monday’s election.

PNP Chief General Oscar Albayalde in a television interview on Wednesday said this early, deployment of law enforcers has commenced since poll paraphernalia have already arrived in various polling precincts nationwide.

He said he is hopeful of a smooth and orderly election with the readiness of the security forces as well as Comelec.

Albayalde is also counting on the maturity of the voting public to ensure a hassle-free election. With reports from PNA