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Teachers to have easier time in May polls - Comelec

by JMD Abangan

Tagum City (5 January) -- Gone are the days when teacher-members of the Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) would perspire a lot and loss their voice due to shouting as they count votes.

They would have an easy-time in this year's national election because vote-counting would no longer require human intervention but would purely be done by a machine called Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS).

Guesting in the Kapihan sa Kapitolyo special episode that featured a demo on automated vote-casting, Davao del Norte election officer Atty. Marlon Casquejo said PICOS assigned in each clustered precinct will be counting the votes and results will be transmitted electronically to COMELEC main office.

The machine will also be printing results after casting of votes shall have been through at a set time, and that teachers will no longer be carrying ballot boxes and election results in thick papers.

However, Atty. Casquejo said teachers who would accepted to join the BEIs should pass a qualifying examination. They may not necessarily be computer literate but should have the capacity to learn the new technology used in automated election.

"May training nga ihatag sa mga teachers," he said.

On the other hand, Atty. Casquejo had seen the need to educate electorates on how to vote with the advent of election automation in the country.

Voters need not write the names of those who they would like to vote but just shade the oval corresponding their preferred candidates.

Oval shading should have "50 percent threshold" so the machine can read and count the vote, Atty. Casquejo explained.

He cautioned electorates to avoid "over-voting" or shading more than the required number of candidates to fill in certain positions particularly council members, board members, house of representatives and senators.

"Sayang ang ubang boto kay dili mobilang ang machine for all other votes," he said.

He advised voters to have a ready-list of candidates they would like to fill in all positions.

"Once nga mosulod sa presingto, dapat fixed na nila ang ilang botohan," he said. (PIA XI) [top]

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