NAVAL, Biliran (PIA) – A few days to the May 9, 2016 national elections, Atty. Karen Cajipo, Biliran Provincial Election Supervisor (PES) of the Commission on Election (COMELEC)-Biliran, gives important reminders to voters relative to the May 9, 2016 elections.

Atty. Cajipo bared the important reminders to voters when she guested at the Kapihan at Pulong-Pulong ng Bayan hosted by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) – Biliran, over Radyo Natin-Naval on Thursday, May 5.

She informed that the liquor ban from May 8 to 9, prohibits stores from selling alcoholic beverages and that citizens are not allowed to go on a drinking spree on said dates.

Only establishments which cater to foreigners and have secured permits from COMELEC are allowed to sell liquor to their foreign customers.

Carrying guns and bladed weapons as stipulated in a COMELEC Resolution are not allowed until June 8, 2016, she said.

Smoking in the voting centers, taking pictures inside the polling places, particularly that of the ballots, and showing filled ballots to others are also prohibited on election day.

For the voter’s ballot to be counted, Atty. Cajipo advised voters to be careful not to taint their ballots, and shade only the required number of candidates for every position. 

Over voting is not allowed, and the vote-counting machine (VCM) will not read the votes with more shaded candidates than what is required in the position, she said.

Likewise, she announced the availability of the emergency accessible polling place (EAPP) in every polling center to cater to the vulnerable groups such as the elderly, persons with disability, pregnant women-six months and above, and detainees.

Support staff are assigned in bringing the ballots from the precincts to the EAPPs and back to the precincts. The Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) are the ones to feed the filled-up ballots to the VCM, receive their voters receipt and deposit the same to the voters receipt receptacle, she added.

As of this writing, COMELEC- Biliran has not encountered problems relative to the conduct of the synchronized local and national elections on Monday, May 9, declared by President Benigno S. Aquino III as a non-working holiday to give the Filipino voting population more time to prepare to exercise their right to vote. (FJ/mlt/PIA8 Biliran)

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