By Vikki J. Amorio

Voters and official candidates are invited to learn how to use the vote-counting machines (VCM) for the 2019 midterm elections as the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) will be having a VCM Roadshow on April 15 at Panabo City Hall.


Here, the public will be given a glimpse of the actual election day as participants will learn proper shading and feeding of ballots to the VCM.


The roadshow is a movement to educate voters and ensure an organized and smooth election, as there are certain prohibitions and reminders that the electorate should be mindful about.


Among these are not to overshade and overvote, avoiding crumpling, folding, wetting or making unnecessary marks on the ballot. COMELEC further reminded to only use the markers provided by the Board of Election Inspectors (BEI). If not followed, the VCM will reject the ballot.


While voters are allowed to bring their phones inside the polling precinct, they are prohibited to use the same. Furthermore, taking a selfie with the ballot is considered an election offense as this violates the secrecy and sanctity of the ballot. Under the law, the offense may sanction the violator up to six (6) years of jail time.


To know more about the election DO’s and DON’T’s, the public is invited to join the roadshow on April 15 9a.m. to 11a.m. at Panabo City Hall. PWDs are also highly encouraged to participate by the local COMELEC office.

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