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PIA Press Release
2010/05/01

La Trinidad asks for more voter education

by Redjie Cawis

La Trinidad, Benguet (1 May) -- With the May 10 elections fast approaching, many voters still do not know about the new system of electing officials.

Folks in the capital town of Benguet are requesting the Commission on Elections for more voters education campaign.

La Trinidad Councilor Robert Namoro, who is also the president of the Association of Barangay Captains, is asking for more voters education in the barangays of the municipality.

Namoro said that the Liga ng mga Barangay, in coordination with the Commission on Election, the municipal government and the Department of Interior and Local Government, have already conducted voters education in all of the 16 barangays here and other neighborhood associations and organizations.

People are very receptive during the voters education campaign but there are still some who are still having hard time understanding the new system of elections this year.

The automated elections created confusion and fear to some people of La Trinidad especially the senior citizens that's why we are asking for more information and education campaign, said Namoro.

The senior citizens group headed by Celestial Duque said that they were given a glimpse of the new election system but they fear that they might not be able to do it right. Senior citizens are afraid that the circles on the ballots will not be shaded well with their conditions that some cannot see and hear the instructions very well. Some even feared that the circles will not be shaded properly if their hands are shaky.

Namoro also bared that said that the Precinct Count Optical Machine used by COMELEC was not seen and tried by the 16 barangay of La Trinidad because of its unavailability during the voters education.

The Liga ng Barangay with the COMELEC will be having another voters education on May 3 at Buyagan as requested by some association in the area. (PIA) [top]

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