Davao is 80% prepared for May 9 polls

Subscribe Now April 22, 2016 at 08:49am

LESS than three weeks before the May 9 elections, the Commission on Elections in Davao City, though already prepared for the mall voting, still needs to deal with legality issues raised by a former Comelec commissioner.

Comelec-Davao 2nd District Election Officer Arnold Cullo, in Thursday's I-Speak media forum at the City Hall, said two malls in the city are already set for the mall voting which will cover five barangays.

But they are still waiting for instructions from Comelec central office following the objections raised by former Comelec Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal.

“There are still objections on the mall voting especially from the former Comelec commissioner who thought that the mall voting might be illegal," Cullo said.

He also added they plan is to send notification letters to all the voters who will be transferred to malls.

"Voters who will be transferred in malls will be notified," Cullo said.

SM Ecoland and NCCC Mall are set as venue for the mall voting in the First District.

As for the other aspects of preparation, Cullo said the city is already 80 percent ready for the elections.

He said the Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) are already complete and the Vote Counting Machines (VCM) have already been delivered and stored somewhere in the city.

He also said the orientation on the proper use of VCM was already done through a roadshow in the different districts of the city.

He likewise said the VCM is secured from outside threats since it has its own configuration and cannot be easily hacked.

Cullo also said that each VCM has its own set of ballots which cannot be used to another VCM.

To ensure that there are no errors in the counting from the machine, a Random Manual Audit will also be done to compare results.

Those who will make the manual counting are to be exempted from the provision that ballot boxes cannot be opened after the election.

Cullo said that if a variance of more than 10 votes will be noted for a single position slot, the ballots will be sent to Manila to determine the final results.

He added that among the dont’s during the actual election period is the wearing of T-shirts bearing the names of candidates at the polling precincts.

The campaign will end on May 7, 2016 hence campaigning is prohibited a day before Monday’s polls.

Voting will start at 6 a.m. until 5 p.m. to cater to all voters.

Source: sunstar.com.ph

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