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ACT TEACHERS Partylist protests COMELEC inaction on teachers’ right to vote

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March 26, 2010



The ACT TEACHERS Partylist held a protest today at the main office of the Commission on Elections in Intramuros to denounce the poll body’s inaction on concerns that hundreds of thousands of public school teachers will be deprived of their right to vote in the May 2010 polls.


Around thirty members of ACT TEACHERS Partylist held a sit-down protest in front of the main entrance of the COMELEC office, chanting slogans, carrying placards, and demanding an audience with COMELEC officials.


“It would be the height of injustice if the teachers who will work on election day to ensure that millions of citizens can vote will themselves be deprived of their own right to vote,” said ACT TEACHERS Partylist president Antonio Tinio. “Sadly, COMELEC has not done enough to address this issue.”


Tinio explained that changes in election procedures due to poll automation will make it extremely difficult for teachers who compose the Board of Election Inspectors (BEI) at each precinct to cast their votes. “The COMELEC is giving BEIs a mere 30 minutes to excuse themselves from poll duties and cast their votes. This will make it virtually impossible for the majority of teachers, who are registered to vote in precincts that are some distance from the precincts where they are assigned as BEIs, to exercise their right to vote. We call on COMELEC to allow teachers to vote in the precincts where they are assigned.”


Tinio also called on the poll body to reinstate hundreds of thousands of public school teachers who have been deactivated from the official list of voters. “We continue to receive reports that COMELEC field offices have been deactivating teachers from their voters’ lists. This is allegedly because the teachers failed to vote in two previous elections. The fact is, these teachers served as BEIs in previous elections and voted in their place of service. Again, teachers should not be penalized for serving as election inspectors and making it possible for everyone else to vote. COMELEC has an obligation to ensure that their guidelines will guarantee and protect the teachers whom they deputize will enjoy their right of suffrage.”


Earlier in the day, ACT TEACHERS Partylist nominees filed their formal notices of acceptance at the COMELEC Law Department. The ACT TEACHERS Partylist nominees are: 1) Antonio Tinio, 2) Francisca Castro, 3) Efleda Bautista, 4) Joselyn Bisuña, 5) Mae Fe Ancheta-Templa, and 6) Gregorio Fabros. #




Antonio L. Tinio (0920-9220817)

ACT TEACHERS Partylist National President



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