“Dahil sa dulo bawal ang kakamotkamot

Sa katanungang harap-harapang iaabot
Sinong pinili? Pag ang tinta ay humalik sa daliring
Siyang ginamit at nagturo na wala ay maibalik
Dapat tama”

HALALAN 2013

HALALAN 2013

We are once again called upon to decide on the fate and future of our nation, and this grave responsibility ought to be foremost in the minds of every registered voter. Therefore, everyone should be fully aware of the basic procedures involved on Election Day itself. It bears remembering that once again, the election will be using the PCOS machine, which was introduced to the voting public for the first time in the presidential elections of 2010.

The process is similar to the traditional manual voting method in many ways. After verification of voter’s identity, the election official presents the voter with a ballot. Since the ballot will be fed to a machine for counting, the similarities end there. The ballot is filled out by shading the oval placed next to the name of the candidate.

When it comes to shading the ballot, there is no need to be apprehensive about doing it wrong. The requirement is that the oval be shaded fully. But, for as long as over 50% the area is shaded, the vote is still counted and valid. Now, in situations where the voter shades two spaces for one position (overvoting) the whole ballot would not be invalidated. But the vote for that particular position is invalidated.

Know the issues that you value. Before listening to various political platforms, you must first know the issues that are important to you. Write these down and hold them up against each candidate’s platform. For example, if you value women’s rights, identify those who will fight to enhance, preserve, or protect these once they are elected. When you have identified the issues, it will be easier for you to trim down your list of candidates.

Read between the lines. Of course, most candidates could just be bluffing to get your precious vote. Don’t fall for sugar-coated statements. One good way to know if a candidate is indeed a wolf dressed in sheep’s clothing is to look at his track record of government service. Remember, actions speak louder than words.

Senatorial Candidates

Senatorial Candidates

Candidates for the Province of Cebu

Candidates for the Province of Cebu

Bopk Type O

Bopk Type O

Kaabag Mandaue

Kaabag Mandaue

Plan B Team

Plan B Team

Know the qualifications of the candidate. This is a very important thing to keep in mind for obvious reasons. A candidate, once voted into office, must be able to perform the responsibilities the position requires. At the very least, the candidate must be capable of analytically and critical thinking. And so should you, the voter, especially during election season.

Know your voting precinct. Take note of the voting precinct where you are registered as a voter prior to May 10. This is very important so you can avoid undue stress on voting day. Don’t make it more stressful than it already is.  Remember, it’s going to most likely be hot, and there will surely be very long lines you’ll have to deal with.

If you want to vote, make sure nothing or no one stops you from voting. Stand by your principles and be true to what you believe in. Remember, your vote is your voice. Vote conscientiously, and make it count.

sample ballot

sample ballot

The Ballot: Important Reminders for Voters

A registered voter is given only one ballot. In case a voter makes a mistake (shades the wrong space corresponding to a candidate’s name, then he or she would have to live with it. The best thing to do is to make sure that no errors are made since there are no second chances. There are no proxies as well when the time to insert the ballot into the machine comes. Once the voter inserts the official ballot, it is counted as one, marked by a tick on the counter.

 

Good to know: What makes the ballot secure?

Each ballot is equipped with a barcode that is in itself unique. The main purpose of this identifier is for the ballot to be counted only once. This security measure ensures that validity of the vote. The PCOS machine is equipped with a couple of security measures as well. First of all, each PCOS machine is assigned a specific precinct. It will not accept ballots that are not meant for that particular precinct. And the PCOS machine has a lens that has the capability to detect ultraviolet (UV) ink. The machine scans for this before accepting the ballot being fed to it.

 

How to Vote on Philippine Election Day?

How to Vote on Philippine Election Day?

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