Be wise! A must read before the Election on Monday
When will Eleksyon 2013 be held?
May 13, 2013 (Monday)
What time will voting precincts be open?
Precincts will be open from 7 AM to 7 PM.
Voters are advised to come to the polling areas early. Each precinct may serve up to 1,000 voters.
Who can vote?
Active registered voters, meaning newly-registered voters and existing voters who were able to cast their ballots in the last two elections, will be allowed to vote.
Note: A voter’s registration is deactivated when he or she fails to vote in two (2) “successive preceding regular elections.” In this case, if you were unable to vote during the 2010 Barangay Elections, and the 2010 National and Local Elections, you are now considered a deactivated voter who should have filed for reactivation during the registration period.
How do I find my assigned precinct?
Check the Comelec website’s Precinct Finder
. The Comelec also encourages registered voters to confirm their status and precincts with their respective local offices
Who are in charge of the voting process in the precinct?
Each precinct/cluster precinct has a Board of Election Inspectors (BEI) composed of a Chairman and two members, one of whom shall be designated as poll clerk.
Can I bring my cellphone inside the voting area?
Yes, cellular phones are allowed inside the voting area, but voters are not allowed to use them at any time.
What do I do if my name is not on the voters’ list?
You may ask for assistance from the desks of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), the accredited citizen’s arm of the Comelec in the elections.
Is it necessary to have my voter’s ID on election day?
No, a voter’s ID is not required. You may present any valid ID such as a passport, driver’s license, or any other government-issued ID (SSS, GSIS, Postal ID). For students, a valid school ID will do.
What if I don’t have any ID with me?
The list of voters with the BEI will have photos and other details derived from the biometrics record.
If you come to your precinct without an ID and you still do not have biometric information with Comelec, a fellow registered voter in that precinct — or even a member of the BEI — can vouch for you. This will be put on the record, so your name as a voter will have that annotation that you were identified by another registered voter in the precinct.
Can I bring kodigo inside the voting area?
Yes. To save time, voters are encouraged to bring a sheet of paper with a list of their selected candidates.
Sample ballots distributed by campaigners, however, are not allowed.
How many candidates am I supposed to vote for?
On the national level, you are allowed to vote for up to 12 senatorial candidates and one (1) party-list group.
For the local positions in cities/municipalities, you may choose one (1) representative/congressman, one (1) mayor, one vice mayor, and the allotted number of councilors.
For those in the provinces, you will also get to vote for a governor, a vice governor, and provincial board members.
Before you start shading the ballot, review the number of candidates you may vote for in each position, which will be indicated in the ballot.
Note: You can vote for fewer candidates, e.g. six instead of 12 senators, or just three instead of 10 councilors, or leave a section blank if you do not wish to vote for any of the candidates for a particular position.
However, you cannot “overvote” or shade more circles than the required number for one position e.g. 14 senators or 12 councilors or two mayors; if you do this, the PCOS machine will automatically consider your vote null and void.
What is the proper way of shading the ballot?
It is encouraged that you fill the circles completely for the PCOS machine to read it better. Check or X marks, dots, or lines will not be read by the machine.
Can I get another ballot if I fill one out wrong?
No. Only one ballot is allowed for each voter.
What happens if I accidentally put unnecessary marks on my ballot?
Any unnecessary marks made on the ballot, especially on the barcode, will make the ballot invalid. None of the votes will be read by the PCOS machine.
Are candidates still allowed to campaign on election day?
No. As Comelec rules state, it is “unlawful” for candidates to campaign both on the eve of election day and on the day itself. Be wary of people handing out sample ballots, food, or even those offering free rides to and from the precinct.
Will anyone be there to assist persons with disabilities (PWDs) and senior citizens?
Board of Election Inspectors may give assistance to PWDs, senior citizens, and illiterate voters. Relatives of persons with disabilities are also allowed to aid them in voting.