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Samar Comelec gets ready for BEIs training

By Ninfa B Quirante

Catbalogan City (March 4) -- The Commission on Election (COMELEC) Samar Provincial Office is now ready to train the Board of Election Inspectors (BEI).

Some 47 Precinct Count Optical Scanning (PCOS) machines have been delivered to Samar Comelec for the purpose.

In an interview, Nick Mendova, Assistant Provincial Comelec Supervisor told PIA that this month, they will start training teachers who will act as BEIs.

"It will be a very comprehensive training such that they will pass the DOST examinations," stressed Mendova.

The BEIs, he added will be trained for two days to include the examination.

The training will be done in three venues for Samar BEIs as in Tacloban City for those municipalities near the regional center, Catbalogan City, Samar?s capital city and Calbayog City for first district BEIs excluding Tarangnan that will join the Catbalogan group.

Meanwhile, Comelec will be sending out voters' information sheets (VIS) to all of more than 50 million registered voters in April to prepare them for the country's first-ever automated polls on May 10.

Comelec Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal said the VISs, which will be in the form of an official ballot, will be sent to more than 50 million voters via mail. The VIS would contain the list of all the national and local candidates, the voter's name, address, precinct number and polling place.

Larrazabal said they hope that through the sample ballots voters will not only be familiarized with the ballot but also in the new process of voting.

Since the VIS is in the form of a ballot and is specific to the voter's city or municipality, it could be used for practice voting. Instructions in Tagalog are also printed on the sheet. Although the sample ballot is somewhat similar to the actual ballot, the Comelec ruled out the possibility of it being used in electoral fraud due to its distinguishing marks.

Among the differences include the sample ballots being black and white since the official ballot is colored. The sample ballots will also not bear the precinct identifier, which is the one required by the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines in order to verify its veracity aside from the sample ballots having an overarching label of "SAMPLE BALLOTS" in its face. (PIA-Samar) [top]

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