i am not a registered voter for this year's election... i know i should be ashamed for that... i have regrets... but anyways i still tagged along my parents when they went to their precincts to vote. :-)
weeks ago i already checked for the precinct numbers of my parents on the Comelec's website...but for some reason after telling them about it nobody thought of writing it down...in short we got the wrong precinct number at first search... :D hehehe
good thing PPCRV had set up a voters' assistance area where you can ask them for your precinct number... :-) good job you guys! :-)
we were already at Tumaga Elementary School before 7am... but there are a lot of people already...
the process in this particular room... each voter needs to get a number (more similar to paying your bills in Meralco, or in banks, or anywhere else which uses this number-system)
then they need to give it to one of the BEIs... then they just need to wait for their number/name to be called. the system is ok though... the only problem is that they let only 1-5 people in at a time... which made the whole process real slow...
imagine 5 precincts before are clustered into one room only...
then each precinct is supposed to have 150-200 registered voters... that would mean around 1000 max voters per room... so at the rate i mentioned (1-5 voters at a time that would usually take 15-30min to finish --- oh yes they wait for the batch to finish before letting in another batch), the voting time wouldn't be enough to let everyone in....
other precincts resorted to lines instead... well this worked for some... :-)
in the afternoon Comelec announced an extension of 1 more hour is given to the voters who still can not get to vote...around 5pm i accompanied Leo in Sta Maria elementary school... the same scenario, bottlenecked.... this photo was taken almost 6pm along the corridor where 4 voting rooms are located... i was already crossing my fingers hoping that all of these people would be able to vote before the 7pm deadline...
for the problems encountered that day i would not put any blame on the teachers...they have done their best in preparing with very little time since the voting materials and PCOS machine arrived only a day or 2 before the election.
but i am happier with how everyone endured all glitches just to make sure they get to vote... this collective desire to vote and change our country's direction and to experience the first electronic elections... this is what made the election successful. let's congratulate ourselves guys! :-)
now the dirtier part of the job... with the new president, WE (ano not only him) have soooo much to do to cleanup GMA's mess.... :-)
kaya natin to!!!
Tumaga Elementary School
Sta. Maria Elementary School
10 May 2010