Voters searching for their names and polling precincts
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Several voters in various areas in Quezon City were not able to vote because they couldn’t find their names on the voters’ list of the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections Monday, May 14.
In Barangay Payatas-B, some questioned the Commission on Elections (Comelec) as to why their names were missing when in fact, they voted in the 2016 presidential elections.
Aside from missing names, lack of consideration for senior citizens and persons with disability was also a common problem in the area. Voters were also dismayed over the absence of a help desk to assist them.
“Hindi makita ang pangalan ko. Wala naman akong mapagtanungan. Ang sabi hanapin lang. Inikot ko na nang inikot, wala naman,” said voter Ramon Manaoag.
(I couldn’t find my name, and there was no one I could approach to assist. They just told me to continue searching. All my efforts were in vain.)
“Nawawala po ang mga pangalan. Nandyan ang presinto pero wala po ang pangalan…pahirap po talaga sa mga botante. May trabaho pa ko,” said voter Roland Torres.
(Names are missing. The precincts are there but the names are not…such a burden to voters. I still have work to do.)
In barangay Holy Spirit, members of the election board also admitted to lapses in the barangay list of voters.
“May nagki-claim na iyong asawa niya ay nakaboto last election pero wala ngayon. Iyong tatay niya na walong taon ng patay, nandoon ang pangalan,” observed election supervisor Noime Moncada.
(One was claiming that his spouse was able to vote in the last election but is not on the list this time. But his father, who has been dead for eight years, is on the list.) — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue