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Monday, February 29, 2016

Comelec holds voters’ education in Zambo City
By Felipo David G. Malcampo

ZAMBOANGA CITY, February 29 (PIA) – In its bid to better educate the public for the upcoming May elections, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) here said that they will be conducting voters’ education campaigns, per invitation.

“The voters’ education campaign is open per invitation by different agencies and organizations,” said city election officer Atty. Stephen Roy Canete. He added that they will even cater to those from the political parties.

Comelec last week held a demonstration on their Smartmatics Vote Counting Machines (VCMs) for members of the media at the Zamboanga Press Club, Incorporated (ZCPI), where the journalists experienced a simulated election. Comelec showed how fast it was to cast the vote, and certain procedures to ensure that the results are safe and secured, and then transmitted to the central server.

According to Atty. Canete, technicians will be deployed in all polling places during election day to address any possible contingency.

Meanwhile, the VCM results can be transmitted in places where there is no signal. “There are contingencies prepared,” said Atty. Canete, adding that they will be utilizing top-of-the-line technology to transmit the results even when there is no cellular signal.

Over the weekend, COMELEC conducted a voters’ education campaign in Citimall, Tetuan, this city. They are expecting to conduct more in the coming weeks. Meawhile, the training of members of the Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) will commence this week.

“The results of this coming elections is very important. We will be deciding the fate of the leadership of the country for the next six years, and it is very important for the public to learn as much as possible about the voting process,” Atty. Canete said.