Rains meet election fever
by Jeane Duron-Abangan
Tagum, Davao del Norte (10 May) -- Rains in Davao del Norte, Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental meet today's election day made feverish because it is the first automated national and local polls.
But the rains failed to beat the excitement of voters who troop to polling centers early to cast their vote when precincts opened at 7:00 a.m.
Philippine Information Agency (PIA) XI personnel Erwin Fernandez, monitoring at Barangay Matioa Elementary School in Mati City said a number of voters were already at the polling center before voting officially started at 7:00 a.m.
Mati City is getting soaked in rain but Fernandez said people still go out early to vote and some are even anxious to find their precincts despite the rains.
As he was casting his vote early at Cagangohan Elementary School, Panabo City Information Officer Narciso Jadraque noted a number of people swarming at the precincts looking for their names.
Some decided to go home for they could not find their names especially those swarming at precinct number 19 in Cagangohan while others felt sorry that their votes got invalidated because they shaded more ovals than needed.
Jadraque also reported chaotic flow of voting in Dona Nenita Elementary School in New Pandan, Panabo City.
Some voters could not find their names while others were complaining about the "very slow pace" of vote-casting that Jadraque blamed on members of the board of election inspectors (BEIs) who, he said, had no system in accommodating voters.
Despite the chaos, BEIs did not ask assistance from police personnel assigned at the polling center, Jadraque said.
Meanwhile, Kent Simeon, information officer of Pantukan town in Compostela Valley reported that as of 9:00 a.m. only a few voters turn out at the polling center in Pantukan National High School due to heavy rains.
While waiting on line to cast her vote at Nabunturan Central Elementary School, Compostela Valley Provincial Information Officer Fe Maestre reported that voters were complaining of getting wet and getting tired of waiting their turns as vote-casting went so slow.
There were long queues of voters at precincts in the polling center, and that some were getting wet due to heavy rains.
As of past 10 a.m., Maestre has yet to cast her vote. (PIAXI) [top]