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SAYS COMELEC Enough ballots for mock polls in Sorsogon

Posted on: March 26, 2010

SAYS COMELEC
Enough ballots for mock polls in Sorsogon

By Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 09:33:00 03/25/2010

Filed Under: Elections, Eleksyon 2010

MANILA, Philippines—There are enough ballots for the mock polls in Sorsogon, said the Commission on Elections (Comelec) Thursday, denying reports of a glitch that prevented 55 voters from trying out the country’s first election automation.

Comelec Election and Barangay Affairs Department (Ebad) director Bartolome Sinocruz said 200 ballots were distributed to the two precincts for Sorsogon City and Donsol, as each has 100 voters.

Sinocruz explained the confusion thus: “The Senate was assigned to hand out control numbers and names to its staff to represent voters who would cast their ballots at the Sorsogon City and Donsol polling precincts, respectively. Apparently, some control numbers supposedly assigned for Donsol were marked as Sorsogon City according to senate staff Therry Mirasol.”

Mirasol, in an interview, explained that the 55 voters who were turned away at the Sorsogon City polling precinct were guided to find their names in the Donsol precinct, where they were allowed to vote.

“There was no lack of ballots. We handed out only 200 control numbers and names for the mock polls. And we have 200 ballots delivered to the Senate, one for each voter each. We just had a confusion in assigning voters to Sorsogon City that were supposedly for Donsol,” said Mirasol.

Comelec commissioner Nicodemo Ferrer allayed fears that there would be lack of ballots on Election Day because the Comelec did not print more than 50 million ballots, one for each voter.

“On May 10, we don’t expect this problem (lack of ballots) to happen because each polling precinct would have ballots for every voter plus three for the board of election inspectors (BEIs). But voters should take care of the ballots because they are only entitled to one,” Ferrer told INQUIRER.net.

After the voting for the mock polls set to end at 12 noon, canvassing and consolidation of electronic election returns and proclamation of winners would follow.

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