1.6 M voters await voter’s education

December 13, 2009 at 3:52 pm Leave a comment

By Venus H. Sarmiento

DAGUPAN CITY -Residents of vote-rich Pangasinan province now await for the education seminars that would teach them how to vote in the 2010 computerized elections.

City Election Officer Atty. Remarque Ravanzo said the Comelec main office is bent on pursuing voter’s education through demonstrations in schools and barangays.

“Comelec will also be placing ads or commercials in television and radio as to the proper way of voting or shading. Big video screens in strategic locations will also be installed to educate voters on the proper way of voting,” Ravanzo said.

Ravanzo said field officials of Comelec will be the first ones to be oriented on the poll automation followed by the teachers who will man the precincts. Information technology professionals will also be hired by the commission for the purpose.

“Kahit ako, hindi ko pa nakita yung mga machines . Let me make it clear na ang computerized lang ay yung pagbibilang ng mga balota o boto. Pero ang pagboto ay manual pa rin thru shading of the boxes or circles kaya ang tip ko sa mga voters ay magdala ng codigo ng iboboto nila para mabilis silang matapos,” Ravanzo said.

Meanwhile Provincial Election Supervisor Reddy Balarbar said Pangasinan now has 1.6 million voters, an increase of about 100,000 over the 2007 figure.

Balarbar said there were 65 aspirants for the congressional and provincial positions- four for governor, three for vice governor, 34 for board members and 24 for congressional seats.

“Notably , there are women candidates for congress for every district in the province.” he said.

As to the declaration of election hotspots, Balarbar said it is Comelec office which decides if a certain locality is to be placed under Comelec control upon the recommendation of the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines . He however declined to name the towns under such situation although he bared that the number of police personnel in San Carlos City has been augmented.

Balarbar and Ravanzo noted during the KBP forum at the Philippine Information Agency last Thursday that Comelec has yet to issue new guidelines regarding tarpaulins, signages and info materials of candidates placed in strategic locations throughout the province. But they said they have ordered the removal of these in the streets for cleanliness purposes.

The campaign period for local officials officially starts on March 26 while national candidates can campaign earlier starting February 9, 2010. (PIA-Pangasinan)

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