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Voters wary of Comelec's 7pm voting extension

Davao City (10 May) -- Comelec declared that casting of votes will be extended until 7 PM today in all precincts where many have yet to cast their votes. Assigned BEIs will accommodate queuing up voters at all precincts.

However, despite the extension and assurance of COMELEC to accommodate them, the crowd of voters did not budge and still grumbled about the slow voting process.

"Ganina ra mi buntag diri hangtod karon taas gihapon kaayo ang linya," said one irate voter from Don Ricardo Briz Central Elementary School (DRBCES).

Voters are hesitant that COMELEC can accommodate them all.

A large number of voters from Magugpo East piled outside polling precincts are complaining and some who where not able to bear the long hours of waiting, already went home. One problem that DRBCES noted is the inaccurate number of voters and precincts.

"Around 800 to 1000 voters per precinct is way too large," observed one voter.

Comelec should take an action regarding this matter in the next automated elections to come.

In Tagum City National High School (TCNHS), there are slight commotion among the voters. Daryl Baloring, 19 years old, complained about her unpleasant experience as a first-time voter. "Dili han-ay ang pila diri. Magtinukluray unya daghan ang mosingit sa linya," she said. Baloring implored that she has been waiting in line for five hours already. "Tan-aw nako masking na-extend ug 7PM, daghan gihapon dili maka-boto karon," she added.

There were also unregistered voters who complained for not finding their names on COMELEC's list of voters. COMELEC reiterated that they already advocated voters' education in every barangay. COMELEC added that they already advised that voters who were not able to vote in two consecutive elections will result in the deactivation of a voter's registration, if the said voter is unable to renew his/her registration prior to the elections. COMELEC said that they have nothing to do for those people who did not follow the correct procedure. (SJB- PIA XI) [top]

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