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  • Helpful Reminders for Parents Voting in the May 2010 Elections

    Voting day is just less than a week away. Here are some helpful information and reminders to get you ready for the 2010 elections.
    by Stephanie F. Esguerra .
  • On May 10, 2010, the Philippines will be conducting its first ever automated election in over 70 years. That’s why we’ve compiled some helpful information and reminders to help prepare parents for the forthcoming elections.

    Still uncertain who to vote for? Visit www.gabayhalalan.slb.ph to know more about the country’s presidentiables, vice-presidentiables as well as senatoriables.

    The following information on candidates are available for you on the website:

    Curriculum vitae

    Track records

    Positions held in government


    Relatives in Government

    Stands on Issues

    You may also visit the website of PPCRV (Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting) to view videos on news about the elections, as well as Presidential Forums aired on TV. This will help you gauge platforms and how candidates plan to respond to national issues.

    COMELEC (Commission on Elections) has an online precinct finder to help you locate your precinct. Knowing where to go on election day will help get you done voting faster. Just type in details such as your name, status, polling center name and address to find your precinct.

    PPCRV also posted this newspaper article by Ana de Villa Singson for The Philippine Star Week regarding voter frequently asked questions about the automated election system. You can also check out www.ppcrv.org’s post “10 Steps sa Wastong Pagboboto” or Comelec’s “How to accomplish the ballot.” Based on the article, here are important reminders to keep in mind:
    1. Voting is from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Based on mock elections, voting for younger people takes about 7 minutes and 10-12 minutes for older ones.
    2. Bring a valid ID to help the election officer verify your identity before voting. Your identity has to be verified before you are given a ballot.
    3. Do not fold the ballot. Make sure your hands are clean and dry. You may want to bring a hand towel or tissue to wipe any moisture from your hands. This is to avoid any unnecessary marks on the ballot, which will be fed into the PCOS machine for reading.
    4. Bring a list of the candidates you will be voting for to avoid any mistakes and to use less time.
    5. Permanent markers will be used and each voter will only receive one ballot, so vote wisely and be careful when shading the ovals for your preferred candidates.
    6. Shade the ovals completely. As simple as it may sound, not everyone may be informed about what exactly to do. The wrong marks to do would be to put a checkmark, x, dot, line, or incomplete shadings. The PCOS machine will not recognize any of these and will not count them as votes.
    7. Don’t vote more than the required number of candidates. Overvoting will result in the machine not recognizing the votes for that position (let’s say you voted for 2 Vice-Presidents) but this does not mean that the entire ballot will be rejected already, as a result.
    Here’s a list of positions you will need to vote for as well as the number of votes per position:
    1 President1 Vice President12 Senators1 Congressman1 Party ListMayorVice MayorCouncilors (number varies per city/municipality)GovernorVice GovernorBoard Members (number varies per city/municipality)8. Undervoting. Votes will still be counted even if you don’t vote for the total number of candidates for a position.
    9. You will personally feed your ballot into the PCOS machine.

    We hope these tips and information help you get all set for election day. 
    You might also want to check out these videos regarding the automated election system:

    Quick Guide to the Philippine Automated Elections on May 10, 2009

    It may appear or sound like a typical jukebox song, but it actually points out important reminders and information about the automated elections, plus, the lyrics are catchy.

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