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Bacolod City, Philippines Monday, January 21, 2013
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hope for early reshuffle


Bacolod Election Officer Mavil Majarucon-Sia Saturday said they have not yet received an order for the reshuffling of election officers but they hope it will come soon.

If the reshuffling comes early, it will give them time to familiarize themselves with their new assignments, she said.

Majarucon-Sia said that right now, their concentration is on the composition of the Board of Election Inspectors, as the new requirement is that only those who are registered voters of the city can serve during the elections.

The problem is that those who served as BEI’s before were stripped of their voting privilege because of the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machine, she said. So during the registration they sent notices to those who have been deactivated but they did not reactivate their records, she added.

Majarucon-Sia said they also have to ensure that the support staff of a clustered precinct are registered voters of the precinct they are serving.

They also received recently a resolution concerning detainee voting and Persons With Disability (PWD), she said.

There are over 1,000 PWD’s in Bacolod City and they have to identify them one by one, she added

Majarucon-Sia also said registered voters who were not able to update their records because they had suffered a stroke or have suffered from disability should inform the COMELEC of their condition since they are not included in the list of PWD’s.

“They should send a relative to give us their names so we can find ways and means on how to deal with them on election day. We hope Manila can see that we have a problem in the field offices,” she said, especially, their lack of manpower.*CGS

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