Voters blame Comelec for faulty election process
by SJ Sanico
Davao City (10 May) -- Voters lamented their grief on the Commission on Elections (Comelec) due to the absence of voters names in some precincts.
According to Jeannifer Ang, PIA correspondent assigned at the University of Mindanao (UM) Mabini Campus, some voters were told to go to a certain polling center but were not given specific precinct numbers.
They went to the area as directed only to find out that their names were also not in the masterlist.
Voters have found the bulky COMELEC masterlist of voters to make no sense at all because it fails to give them information regarding transfer of names to other precincts nor does it give details regarding specific precincts where voters can find their names.
Voters in UM suggested that COMELEC assign at least one representative in every polling area and that it would be more convenient if COMELEC will have one at least one computer that the voters can access to easily search the names and assigned polling precincts.
There are also voters in Visayan Village that are infuriated at the new process. "Walay sistema, louy kau ang mga botante nangabasa sa ulan ug inadequate ang rooms (The system is faulty. The poor voters were soaked in the rain. The rooms are also inadequate), wails one voter from Visayan Village. Due to the heavy rain fall, most of the voters are stranded and opted to wait in the school gym while waiting for the rain to stop.
The heavy rains, however, did not stop the Tagumeņos from casting their ballots here in Tagum City. Hundreds of people are lined in queue at the polling precincts. Some have their umbrellas while others are waiting on the bleachers with their priority numbers on hand. "As early as 5 A.M., voters already flocked the voting precincts," observed Rolito Gayas Principal Officer-in-charge of Tagum City National High School (TCNHS).
More than 12,000 voters are expected to crowd in Tagum National High School (TNHS). TCNHS has eleven clustered precincts.
Tatay Geraldo, 61 years old from Purok Orchid, Visayan Village, is in favor of the automated elections. "Pero murag dugay-dugay ang proseso kay nabag-ohan pa ang kadaghanan. Nakulbaan ko kay basin mamali ko ug shade, masayang akong boto (The process is a bit slow because the procedure is still new to us. I was scared to make mistakes in shading. I do not want my vote to go to waste)," said Geraldo.
Soledad, 68, also a voter from Visayan Village is nervous on the new process. "Kami na mga tiguwang na, halap na nag panan-aw (We, the elderly, already have sight problems), she shared.
A first-time voter Riza Uyanguren, 19 years old, is excited to cast her vote. Uyanguren ethused that "she is hopeful that the chosen candidates will bring positive change to our country."
In addition, the Provincial Jail of Davao del Norte also implements the right to vote of detainees for today's election. Detainees who are not yet convicted still have the rights to suffrage. Ballots casted by the detainees will be brought to cluster precincts for actual counting of the results. (PIA XI) [top]