Comelec expects rise in registered voters in Negros Oriental due to automated polls in 2010

August 6, 2009 9:21 am 

DUMAGUETE CITY, Aug. 6 – The Commission on Elections in Negros Oriental is anticipating a slight increase in the total number of registered voters in the province this year most likely due to the people’s curiosity over the automated May 2010 national and local elections, said the province’s top Comelec official.

Registration has slowly been on the uptrend in recent months even as the Comelec has also been updating its lists and deleting the names of voters, who have either died, transferred, or failed to participate in the last two elections, said acting provincial election supervisor Atty. Eddie Aba.

The use of automated machines in next year’s elections is a novelty, and people are excited over the idea of casting their votes in a new and different manner, Atty. Aba said.

As of last count, Negros Oriental has approximately between 680 to 690 thousand voters and an increase of about five percent is expected by the October 15, 2009 deadline for registration of voters, the Comelec official said.

Meanwhile, seminars are already underway to educate Comelec employees, Board of Election Inspectors (BOIs) and other sectors that are participating in the automation of next year’s polls.

They shall also be trained to man and use the automated machines, Aba said.

Atty. Aba explained that not much has been altered in the structure of the BOIs, however, there is a projected reduction to at least a third of the current number of BOIs due to the clustering of voting precincts where 1,000 voters per cluster shall be assigned.

The Comelec in the province is currently mapping out the clustering of precincts in preparation for next year’s polls but Aba is optimistic that this move will not cause confusion among previously registered voters.

They will still get to vote either in the same polling place as in the past elections or at a newly designated one which would not be too far from their previously assigned voting precinct, Aba said. (PNA) LAP/JFP

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