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Voters cry complaints

By Jeane Duron-Abangan

Tagum City (10 May) -- Lost names. Transferred voting center assignment. Long queues. Slow vote-casting and tired of waiting. These are the common complaints monitored among voters.

Casting of votes in Barangay New Visayas Elementary School in Montevista town of Compostela Valley went chaotic as people get impatient over disorganized way of accommodating voters to get inside precincts, Montevisa information officer Edwin Antia reported.

In his monitoring, Antia noted that there was no established system of casting of votes and that senior citizens were not give priority numbers.

Other who were getting tired of waiting for their turns went home and gave up interests to cast their votes, Antia said.

As of 3:30 p.m., only an estimated 60 percent of the 1,429 registered voters turned out at the Barangay New Visayas polling with two polling precincts and two units of precinct count optical scan (PCOS).

Meanwhile, Philippine Information Agency XI correspondent Jennifer Ang reported that Tagum City Commission on Election (COMELEC) office receives a lot of complaints from voters who did not vote for two consecutive elections for they could no longer find their names on the voters list.

Tagum City COMELEC explained that it had warned earlier that those who failed to vote for two consecutive elections would lost their chance to vote if they would not re-register.

Other than those disenfranchised but hopeful voters, Tagum City COMELEC office was also swarmed with people seeking assistance to locate their assigned precincts as they could no longer find their precincts at polling centers where they cast votes during the previous elections.

In his monitoring, Panabo City information officer Narciso Jadraque noted so slow process of vote-casting at precinct level, creating long queues inside polling centers that resulted in chaos.

He reported no person was hurt but he said the disorganized vote-casting even during the opening of precincts, sparked agitation among voters who got wet in rain that soaked the entire province of Davao in this election day. (PIA XI) [top]

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