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Comelec sees high turnout of young voters

Iloilo (4 May) -- During these last few days before the May 10 Elections, Comelec here sees a high turn out of voters, especially among the young who are comparatively knowledgeable on technology and electronic gadgets.

Iloilo Election Officer II Leonardo Suresca, Jr. said with the first ever automated elections in the country, the enthusiasm of both young and old are high.

"Even the elderly voters are excited to vote by themselves," Suresca said, noting that most of these voters did not even want an assistor as they expressed during the barangay orientations the Comelec conducted.

With Iloilo's 1,262,639 registered voters, Suresca said the young voters are not segregated but as noted with the increase in the number of new registrants, the turn out is expected to be high early on Elections Day.

Suresca, who is among those specially trained in the operation of the PCOs machines, said even they in the Comelec, despite the misconceptions of the public, are overly excited as they want the Automated Election System to succeed.

At this point, Suresca, in an interview with the Philippine Information Agency, said that voters must already visit their precincts, check their room assignments, precinct number and voter's sequence number.

"Voters must consider elections day as an important event in their lives, especially with the first automated elections. They should go to the polls early and vote," he said.

Suresca also said there are basic reminders for voters since the PCOs machines can be sensitive to moisture an other dust.

"Very simple, voters must keep their hands clean from grease or other dirt and be very careful in handling the ballots," Suresca said. (PIA6/ESS) [top]

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