We are a few hours away from casting our votes in our respective polling precincts. The fate of the country will be decided by over 65 million registered Filipino voters as we make our choices for national and local officials known on the ballot on May 9.
Before Election Day, it is also advisable for voters to prepare a list of who they will vote for. This can prevent mistakes, such as shading the oval appearing before the name of the candidate they do not wish to vote for or making accidental markings on ballots.
Step 1: Have your temperature checked before entering the polling precinct. This is to ensure the safety of all the other voters. We are still in the pandemic. Hence, utmost precaution is still necessary.
To prevent the spread of COVID-19 on Election Day, which will be held from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on May 9, standard health and safety protocols are required.
These include temperature checks, physical distancing, wearing of face masks at all times, and frequent disinfection of the hands as well as frequently touched surfaces.
Step 2: Proceed to the Voters’ Assistance Desk. This is to secure your assigned precinct and sequence number. This will also ensure that you get your correct assigned room or clustered precinct.
Step 3: Proceed to the assigned room, precinct, and sequence number at Electoral Board.
Step 4: Get the ballot secrecy folder and marking pen
Step 5: Proceed to the voting area to fill out the ballot by fully shading the oval appearing next to the name of your chosen candidate.
Step 6: Insert the accomplished ballot into the vote-counting machine.
Step 7: Get the voter receipt and deposit it. Afterwhich, have your right forefinger nail stained by a spot of indelible ink.
The poll body also issued a different step-by-step guide for voting if the voter is part of the vulnerable sector. The voting process for these voters is as follows:
- Voters who are part of the vulnerable sectors must first go to their precinct and look for the priority lane reserved for senior citizens, persons with disabilities (PWDs), and pregnant women.
- Next, voters must present a valid government ID to the facilitator.
- Voters will then have to wait for their turn and cast their vote inside the precinct. The poll body advises voters from vulnerable sectors to bring a “cheat sheet” or a list of candidates they want to vote for to make the process easier for them.
- Once done, they should proceed to the VCM and insert their ballots. Headphones will be provided for senior citizens, PWDs, and illiterate voters so they can clearly hear and follow VCM instructions.
- Indelible ink will be applied to the voter’s forefinger nail as proof of voting.
- Voters can review their voter receipts. Once done, they must drop it into the receipt receptacle.
Source: Commission on Elections
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