Comelec-elect board push voters’ rights

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) and the Diocesan Electoral Board (DEB) of the Diocese of Dumaguete will conduct information drives in schools and communities in the coming months to push for public awareness of the rights of voters.

This includes the right to be free from intimidation and the right to be informed about all matters of public interest relating to election activities…

DEB Lead Convener Msgr. Julius Heruela said among  their main thrust in their information drive this time is to inform the public on the location and changes in their assigned clustered precincts.

“What we will focus on this election is the Know your precinct. I heard that there will be 1,000 voters per clustered precincts this time. There are voters who are assigned to new classrooms. We will concentrate on this for the entire month of April),” Heruela explained.

Dumaguete City Election Supervisor Lawyer Gildu Agoncillo confirmed this noting that the number of clustered precincts in the city has been reduced from 180 to 104.

The diocesan board  would like to inform everyone that the number of clustered precincts have been reduced. So for those who are used to cast their vote in the same classroom, because there are some who search for the classroom instead of their precincts, it will not be the same anymore. There have been many changes now, Agoncillo said.

The City COMELEC official then emphasized the need to disseminate  that the 17 schools that were utilized as polling centers in the past will be still used in the upcoming elections.

In relation to this, Agoncillo also announced that voting on Election Day will start at 6:00 a.m. and finish at 6:00 p.m. This is in anticipation to the increased number of voters per clustered precinct.

Meanwhile, Heruela cited that DEB will intensify its efforts and tap volunteers in order to bring their voter’s education to the barrios.