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Comelec says teachers can vote ahead on April 24-26

3 May 2010 No Comment

By Anna Valmero


First Posted 19:07:00 02/08/2010


Filed Under: Politics, Elections, Eleksyon 2010

MANILA, Philippines—Teachers serving as board of election canvassers (or BEIs) during the May national elections can vote ahead of the polls on April 24 to 26, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said Monday.

Comelec commissioner Rene Sarmiento told INQUIRER.net that teachers can avail of the local absentee voting period.

“We are extending this option to teachers if they deem it necessary to better perform their modified poll duties now that we are adopting the automated system,” Sarmiento told INQUIRER.net in an interview.

The Comelec plans to tap 240,000 teachers and train them between March and April to operate the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machine that would be deployed in 75,000 clustered precincts nationwide, said the poll official.

Sarmiento said Comelec is positive that there is enough time to train the teachers about their automated poll duties, which would be easier compared to manual polls in the past.

He said this is due to the automation of several election stages, specifically the counting of votes, generation of Election Returns (ERs), electronic transmission of ERs to canvassing centers and Comelec main office and real-time consolidation of voting results by servers.

Teachers have until March 6 to submit applications to vote ahead of the May polls to the committee on local absentee voting or CLAV. The CLAV will then verify and submit the list of approved applications to concerned city or municipal election officers no later than April 20, according to the resolution.

Teachers can download and print applications from the Comelec’s website.

Sarmiento said the Comelec is yet to decide if local absentee voters would use manual ballots or special paper ballots.

Aside from teachers, other members of the BEI, their substitute or support staff and government officials or employees and members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police Police (PNP) can also avail of the local absentee voting under Republic Act 7166 and Executive Order 157.



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