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LPS 121: ELECTORAL LAW

Election Database Online Platform Contribution:


Steps on How to Vote
Pre-Final Assignment

Submitted by:

Eyas, Ave Chaeza


Lara, Lara Dawn
Perral, Mary Georgia
Ramos, Lovely Cloie
Sabal, Hannah
Yu Vega, Christi Marie

AB PoSc LPS 4

March 10, 2016


HOW TO VOTE

I. Procedures in Voting

1. REGISTER. Registration is a condition precedent to the exercise of our right to vote. In


order to vote, you must first register to be considered a voter on Election Day.

2. LOOK FOR YOUR NAME. On Election Day, look for your name in the Precinct
Computerized Voter’s List (PCVL) posted outside each polling place. It is the final list
of voters that contains the voters’ names, addresses and precinct numbers.

3. VERIFY YOUR NAME. The BEI or Support Staff verifies the name of the voter in the
Election Day Computerized Voters’ List (EDCVL). The EDVCL is the final list of
registered voters who are voting in the Accessible Polling Places used on the day of the
elections where the voters must affix their signatures before and after casting their votes.

4. CHECK YOUR FINGERNAILS. Make sure that your fingernails must be free from any
stain or smudge. Stained or smudged fingernail shall have a conclusive presumption that
he/she had already casted his/her vote.

5. ESTABLISH AND VERIFY YOUR IDENTITY AS A VOTER. If the voter’s fingernail


is not stained, identity shall be established through photograph/signature/other authentic
identification document.

6. AUTHENTICATE YOUR BALLOT. Have your ballot authenticated to the BEI


Chairman by having his/her signature affixed. He/she will give you the secrecy folder
and marking pen, instruct you how to fill-up the ballot properly, and direct you to your
designated voting area.

7. VOTE. Using a ballot secrecy folder and the marking pen provided by the Commission,
fill in the ballot by fully shading the circle beside the names of the candidates and the
participating party-list, organization or coalition of your choice.

8. PUT ACCOMPLISHED BALLOT IN THE VOTE COUNTING MACHINE (VCM).


After accomplishing your ballot, insert it in the ballot entry slot of the VCM. Wait for it
to be accepted. The VCM will then display the message “YOUR VOTE HAS BEEN
CAST/ ANG IYONG BOTO AY NAISAMA NA.”

9. GET INKED. Whether or not your ballot was successfully accepted, the poll clerk or
support staff will apply indelible ink on your right forefinger nail or any other nail if
there be no forefinger nail after completion.

10. RETURN THE SECRECY FOLDER AND MARKING PEN. The ballot secrecy
folder and marking pen must be returned to the poll clerk or support staff before leaving
the polling place.
11. LEAVE. After accomplishing the aforementioned steps on the procedures in voting,
you may now leave the polling place.

II. Absentee Voting

Absentee Voting may be availed by duly registered voters who are assigned to perform election
duties and by qualified citizens of the Philippines abroad exercising their right to vote.

Local Absentee Voting is open to those duly registered voters who will not be able to go to their
voting precincts on Voting Day because of election-related duties. The COMELEC has issued
the regulations and procedure for those who wish to apply for local absentee voting.

Application Procedure:

Government Official, PNP, AFP Media

File for registration with your head of File for registration with the:
office/supervisor/commander
 Regional election director (NCR)
 City election officer
(urbanized/independent city)
 Provincial election supervisor
(others)

Dates to remember:

Deadline of Application – 31 March 2016

Voting Dates – 27, 28 and 29 April 2016 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For Overseas Absentee Voting (OAV), all overseas voters may cast their votes for a period of
thirty (30) continuous calendar days beginning at 8:00 o’clock in the morning of 9 April 2016
local time of the host country until 7:00 o’clock in the evening of 9 May 2016, Philippine time,
inclusive of all established holidays in the Philippines and such other holidays in the host
countries.

For voting hours, except on 9 April 2016, all Posts are required to open at 8:00 o’clock in the
morning, local time of the host country and that operating hours shall be not less than eight (8)
hours a day. Voting hours may be extended taking into account the number and influx of voters
and the primary responsibilities and functions of the members of the SBEIs.
References

COMELEC Resolutions

 RESOLUTION NO. 10003

RULES AND REGULATIONS ON LOCAL ABSENTEE VOTING IN CONNECTION


WITH THE MAY 9, 2016 NATIONAL AND LOCAL ELECTIONS

 RESOLUTION NO. 10052

GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE SPECIAL BOARD OF ELECTION INSPECTORS


AND SPECIAL BALLOT RECEPTION AND CUSTODY GROUP IN THE CONDUCT OF
AUTOMATED VOTING AND COUNTING OF VOTES UNDER REPUBLIC ACT NO.
9189, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS “THE OVERSEAS ABSENTEE VOTING ACT OF
2003” AS AMENDED BY REPUBLIC ACT NO. 10590 FOR PURPOSES OF THE MAY
9, 2016 NATIONAL AND LOCAL ELECTIONS

 RESOLUTION NO. 10057


GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE BOARDS OF ELECTION INSPECTORS (BEI)
ON THE TESTING AND SEALING OF VOTE COUNTING MACHINES (VCMS), AND
VOTING, COUNTING AND TRANSMISSION OF ELECTION RESULTS IN
CONNECTION WITH THE 09 MAY 2016 NATIONAL AND LOCAL ELECTIONS

Other Reputable Sources

 VVF Responsible Citizenship and the Right of Suffrage (Plus Rock the Vote Guide)
PowerPoint Presentation, courtesy of C-CIMPEL Core Group Member Ms. Grace
Magalzo-Bualat

Online Source

 Application for Local Absentee Voting now open. (2016, January 8). Retrieved March 9,
2016, from Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines:
http://www.gov.ph/2016/01/08/local-absentee-voting-application-open/