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PIA Press Release
2010/05/06

First-time voters urged to bring valid ID on May 10

Cebu City (6 May) -- New voters are urged to bring one valid identification card when they go out and cast their vote on Monday, May 10.

Lapulapu City Election Supervisor Atty. Ferdinand Gujilde advised new voters to be sure to bring one valid ID card as being first-time voters their names are not included in the old list.

"Just to make certain they can cast their vote," Gujilde said.

Gujilde also advised voters this early to make a list of their chosen candidates so that it would be more convenient for them in shading preferred candidates in the official ballot.

When asked about the plan to disrupt the voting process by lingering in the polling center preventing others to cast their vote, Gujilde replied that "I don't think there is anybody stupid enough to stay in the polling precinct until 6:00 p.m. just to prevent others from voting."

"Though we cannot physically booth out somebody who tries to take too much time to decide who they vote but the maximum time a voter is allowed in the polling precinct is 30 minutes," according to Gujilde.

In case there are some people who obviously linger then "we just have to tell them in a nice manner that there are others waiting outside for their turn to vote," Gujilde said.

One polling machine caters to seven precincts that have been clustered into one voting center to accommodate 1,000 voters.

Senior citizens, persons with disabilities and pregnant women on the other hand, can queue in the express lanes on Election Day so they don't have to wait that long outside, Gujilde added.

The Comelec-7 official also issued a warning to supporters of candidates not to give out perforated sample ballots during Election Day to influence voters who to vote for as this is illegal and that the campaign period ends on May 8. (PIA-Cebu/FCR) [top]

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