Former Comelec exec: Many voters still don’t know their precincts

Published May 8, 2019, 7:09 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Minka Klaudia Tiangco

The main problem that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) will face on election day will be that majority of the voters do not know the precinct where they should vote in, a former poll official said.

With the national and local elections less than a week away, former commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal rued that Comelec has yet to activate its online precinct finder.

Larrazabal said the Comelec was mandated by law to distribute voter information and instruction sheets (VIISs), which includes information on which clustered precinct a voter belongs to, a month before the midterm polls.

“The law says that 30 days before elections, every voter should’ve received the voter information and instruction sheet– it includes a sample ballot, a list of nominees of party lists, and the voter registration information. I haven’t received mine,” he said in an interview with ANC.

“Everybody would’ve already gotten the information packet, they would know who to vote for, and where to go to on election day,” he added.

For now, those who do not know which precinct they could cast their vote can send a message containing their full names, birthdates, and locality in which they registered as voters to Radyo Comelec, the poll body’s social service channel.

Voters who are married women must send their full maiden name and married family name to Radyo Comelec to receive assistance.

About 61 million voters are expected to vote in around 85,000 polling precincts all over the country on May 13.