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Comelec seeks info officers' help in educating voters

Bacolod City (26 February) -- Negros Occ. Provincial Elections Supervisor Lawyer Jessie Suarez urged members of the Negros Association Government Information Officers and Liaisons (NAGIOL) to take part in the education of voters in their respective areas during a voters' education on automated election held at the Governor's Hall, Provincial Capitol Building.

According to Suarez Information Officers can initiate voters' education activities by themselves in their barangays to help those in the remote areas understand the processes of the first-ever electronic voting in the country.

"Voting is one essence of democracy and the task of educating the voters does not rest on the Comelec alone but it is everybody's responsibility," he said.

More than 50 information officers attended the voters' education on automated election spearheaded by Nagiol, Philippine Information Agency and the provincial Public Information Office.

He said the Precinct Counting Optical Scan or PCOS will be arriving to Negros Occ. about three days before the election along with other voting paraphernalia and that a series of trainings is now scheduled for the Board of Election Inspectors.

Bago City Election Officer Atty. Mavil V. Majarucon, who was with Suarez said the Comelec will cluster precincts combining a maximum of seven precincts to one that will consist of not more than a thousand voters.

A precinct will consist of one Board of Election Inspector, one polling place, one counting machine and one ballot box.

Voting time will be from 7:00am to 6:00pm with a capacity of 15 to 20 persons voting at a time.

Himamaylan City Election Officer Atty. Katrina L. Trinio, meanwhile warned voters that any dirt or stain on the ballot will have an effect on its appreciation so that voters should have clean hands before going to the precinct to vote. (PIA-LOL) [top]

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