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Comelec information drives turn on full gear

Manila (19 February) -- Beginning this week, the local Commission on Elections (COMELEC) would be "flooring it" to start the massive information education drives for the historic automated May polls.

Juvenal Beniga, Bohol COMELEC Information Officer bared this during the recent information sharing incorporated with the Association of United Development Information Officers (AUDIO) meeting held last Thursday at the SP Conference Hall at the Capitol.

Beginning this week, Comelec would be running full steam, he reported to information officers gathered for their monthly meetings.

He said Comelec, through election supervisor lawyer Eliseo Labaria would be in for a series of district training seminars for election officers and assistants.

The training would be for three batches, tow days for each batch, starting Friday until Wednesday, Beniga shared.

The training would also put election officers and assistants in mock polls to test the precinct count optical scanners (PCOS).

He did not elaborate however if the mock polls would be similar to the test runs Comelec and Smartmatic TIM run in the country's 10 different locations.

Beyond the trainings for election officers, Benuga also said a parallel radio time would be aired on Tagbilaran City's major radio stations.

A proposal also to be studied by Comelec is to run a separate information program on the air in radio stations in Ubay, Jagna and in Carmen.

The Comelec Hour is a government-mandated program which prioritizes a free airtime for voters education, usually handled by the Comelec, the Philippine Information Agency and in partnership with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

In fact, to go wide with the information dissemination, the COMELEC has also urged celebrities to join the campaign.

A crucial point in the automated elections is on how to vote correctly and what it means when one over-votes. (PIA) [top]

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