by UNTV News and Rescue | Posted on Friday, January 18th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – A total of 60 polling precincts will be opened on Saturday (January 19) for the mock elections set by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) across the country.
Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez said the mock elections will help the agency assess the actual situations on the day of the election and to address potential glitches.
It also aims to show the public the transparency of the automated elections on May 13.
“The mock elections will test and ensure the security features, accuracy and functional capability of all of these elements. The voter registration, verification system, the VCM, the transmission devices and the consolidation and canvassing system. Ito na iyong kabuoan na tinatawag nating AES,” Jimenez said.
Each precinct will hold 100 registered voters in all 57 precincts in preparation for the May 2019 midterm polls.
Voting will begin at 6:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon.
In Metro Manila, however, all registered voters in Barangays Bahay Toro in Quezon City, Barangay Pinagbuhatan in Pasig and Barangay 669 in Manila will be allowed to join in the process that why’s it is expected that the mock elections in the said three areas will be extended until 6:00 p.m.
These are the areas which will use the voter registration verification system (VRVS) machines, the newly-acquired machines in which voters’ registration are verified through fingerprint scanning.
Once verified, the voter will be given a dummy ballot for the mock election.
“Iyong VRVS bago iyan. That was not used in 2016 but it will be used in a limited way sa darating na 2019. Pilot test lang iyan but kasama na iyan doon sa ating mock election exercise,” Jimenez explained.
Voters are advised to fully shade their ballots.
Similar to last election, the machines will issue a voter’s receipt right after the dummy ballot is inserted.
There will also be eight copies of election returns after all voters have voted in the mock elections.
Likewise, there will be transmissions of election results as it is in the actual polls. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Aiko Miguel)
The following areas are designated to conduct the mock polls on January 19:
by UNTV News and Rescue | Posted on Monday, January 14th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will start printing the ballots for the May 13, 2019 elections on January 22.
Though the poll body has not yet released an official list of candidates for the midterm polls, the Comelec said the National Printing Office (NPO) is ready for the ballot printing next week.
Poll officials inspected the NPO on Monday (January 14) to make sure all printing machines are ready for the job.
According to the Comelec Printing Committee, they expect the printing to continue until April 30, 2019.
The poll body targets to print one million ballots a day in preparation for the election.
Meanwhile, according to the Committee’s vice chair, Vicky Dulcero, they have already finished all 2.1 million ballots needed for the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) plebiscite scheduled on January 21, 2019.
“We are happy to report that the January 21, 2019 BOL plebiscite requirements for the ballots and accountable forms are all done before Christmas,” Dulcero said.
These will be used in the areas of Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), Isabela City in Basilan and in Cotabato City.
At present, the NPO has started printing the 600,000 ballots for the BBL plebiscite on February 6, 2019 in North Cotabato and Lanao del Norte except Iligan City.
In the said plebiscite, residents of several barangays will vote if they want to join in the proposed Bangsamoro Region under the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL).
“We’re almost done. So I think in a day or two we will also be able to deliver to our packing and shipping committee the deployment of the ballots for the Feb 6, our required number of ballots,” Dulcero noted. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Aiko Miguel)
by UNTV News and Rescue | Posted on Tuesday, January 8th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is working on rules that will limit the campaign expenditures of candidates on social media.
The poll body targets to issue the guidelines before the start of the campaign period on February 12.
According to Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez, they will monitor the campaign expenditures on social media of candidates with advertisements.
“We will make sure that whatever draft regulation that we have will respect the individual’s right of expression,” he said.
“Ang babantayan natin ay kung paano nagagamit iyong social media sa kontexto ng gastusin. Magkano ang ginagastos ng mga kampanya para dito para hindi siya maging paraan para magtago ng maraming pera na nagiging unfair kasi nga may spending limit tayo,” Jimenez noted.
Comelec clarified that candidates are free to post on social media when the campaign period starts as long as they will follow the rules in accordance with Republic Act 9006 or the Fair Elections Act setting a clean and fair elections. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Aiko Miguel)
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