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COMELEC SAYS Mock polls show voting can be done in about seven minutes

Posted on: March 26, 2010

Mock polls show voting can be done in about seven minutes

By Anna Valmero
First Posted 18:32:00 03/25/2010

Filed Under: Computing & Information Technology, Politics, Inquirer Politics, Eleksyon 2010

MANILA, Philippines—It only takes about seven minutes for a voter to cast a ballot in automated polls based on the mock election held at the Senate, Commission on Elections (Comelec) spokesman James Jimenez said Thursday.

At a maximum 15 voters per session, the 200 volunteers who joined the mock balloting have all finished casting their vote in five to seven minutes, Jimenez said. Voting started at 7 a.m. and ended before 11a.m.

“Our time study for the mock polls today (Thursday) showed that on average, voters can finish voting under the new system from five to seven minutes. The longest voting time recorded is 11 minutes by an elderly voter,” said Jimenez.

“By doing the mock polls—from voting to canvassing and consolidation—we are able to establish a baseline, the general expectation and determine ways on how to improve the system,” he said.

Jimenez urged voters to come to polling centers early on May 10 to prevent long queues in the afternoon.

“We also plan to have a holding area within the vicinity where voters can wait and be oriented on how to fill up ballots while a batch of 10-15 voters are inside the polling place voting at a time,” he said.

To speedup voting, voters should carry a kodigo or “list of candidates” on Election Day so they would not have a hard time finding the name of their choice candidates from the list. For the party-list groups, Jimenez said voters should remember the assigned numbers of the candidates.


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