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Don't play with ballots, voters asked

by Noel Baguio

Davao City (25 March) -- Voting in May 10 using the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machine will be fun and easy. But, voters are advised not to toy with their ballots to ensure their votes will be counted.

"Actually, using the PCOS machine is easier than using your cell phone. It is less confusing and it's fast," Governor Rodolfo del Rosario said, as he downplays fears using the voting machine is fraught with difficulties for the elderly and ordinary folks.

The 75-year old governor believes casting votes using the device would not be difficult even for senior citizens like him, as long as they follow simple instructions.

He noted that instead of writing names, voters under the new system will just shade the oval space beside the candidates' names.

However, he said voters should not play with their ballots, fold it nor put ambiguous marks on it, otherwise their votes will become invalid.

"Taronga pagmarka sa mga hugis itlog nga tapad sa kandidato nga inyong iboto. Ayaw hugaw-hugawi ang inyong balota ug ayaw pod pasobrahi ang pagboto (Carefully shade the oval space beside your candidates. Refrain from putting ambiguous and do not over vote)," he instructed voters of Barangay Catagman, Samal District, Island Garden City of Samal.

The governor visited the barangay to inaugurate a new farm-to-market road and electrification project under his Project NOBLE (No Barangay Left Behind).

Of late, the local chief executive has been busy launching projects in the barangays implemented through the P225-million local stimulus fund.

He found his barangay sorties as valuable opportunity to help educate ordinary voters for the country's first national computerized elections.

Earlier this month, del Rosario launched more than P20 million worth of infrastructure projects in various barangays of the island city and elsewhere in the province.

These projects were identified by the barangay officials and residents themselves as priority projects that address the basic requirements in uplifting the quality of life of the people. (PIA) [top]

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