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Comelec seeks help of LGUs in automated elections info drive

By Rachelle M. Nessia

Dumaguete City (28 January) -- The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) here has sought the help of information officers from the various local government units (LGUs) in the province to assist in COMELECís information drive on how to vote during the automated polls in May.

City Elections Supervisor Atty. Ian Macaraya in a forum with members of the Association of Negros Oriental Public Information Officers (ANOPIO) stressed that COMELEC will have a hard time reaching all towns and cities in the province to raise awareness on how to vote under the automated election system.

During the automated polls, voters are required to shade the oval opposite the names of their chosen candidates. "The oval should be properly shaded by at least 50% or else the counting machine will not read it," said Macaraya.

Aside from this, voters should not overvote, or shade an oval opposite the name of a candidate for a position in excess of the number of candidates to be voted for that position. Otherwise, the Precinct Count Optical Scan Unit or PCOS machine will not count the votes for that position in the ballot, he said.

ANOPIO members in the same forum committed to assist COMELEC in their information drive by hanging tarpaulin streamers or banners bearing condensed messages on proper voting in strategic places and key voting centers in their localities.

The members likewise requested COMELEC to provide them with a uniform design that will be used in printing said tarpaulin materials. (PIA) [top]

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