By ATTY. GREGORIO LARRAZABAL
When should I vote?
The voting time for today’s election is from 6 a.m. till 6 p.m. People can still vote after 6 p.m., as long as they’re in line and they have their names listed by the Electoral Board. Please take note that if you’re in line after 6 p.m., you have to stay in line until you vote. If you leave and your name is called, and you’re not there, you lose your opportunity to vote.
How do I know that I’m a voter?
The basis to vote is inclusion in the Election Day CVL (EDCVL). It does not matter if your name is not included in the PCVL, the list posted on the door of the classroom. However, in several cities and provinces, a new system of voter verification will be implemented for the May 13, 2019, automated elections. This is the Voter Registration Verification System.
What are the areas where the VRVS (Voter Registration Verification System) will be implemented?
BARMM, including Cotabato City
Cavite province, including all cities
Cebu province, including all cities
Davao del Sur province, including all cities
Iloilo province, including all cities
Isabela City, Basilan
Misamis Oriental province, including all cities
Negros Occidental province, including all cities
Nueva Ecija province, including all cities
Pangasinan province, including all cities
Zamboanga del Sur province, including all cities
Can I still vote, even if I’m not in the database of the VRVS?
Yes, even if the VRVM (Voter Registration Verification Machine) does not read your fingerprint, and you are not in the database of the VRVS, you can still vote for as long as your name is in the EDCVL. (Note: Please refer to my last column for more information about the VRVS: https://news.mb.com.ph/2019/04/29/what-is-the-vrvs/ )
Should I bring my voter’s ID in order to vote?
No, you are not required to bring a voter’s ID for you to be able to vote. The EDCVL and in the areas listed above, the VRVS, has your name, picture, and other information which can be referred to, to verify your identity.
Will it help if you bring a government-issued ID?
Yes, although not necessary, it may help you, especially if your identity is challenged.
How many copies of the Election Returns are printed in every clustered precinct?
Unlike in manual elections, under RA 9369, each Electoral Board is required to print 30 copies of the Election Returns.
What is the sequence in the printing of the Election Returns?
The Electoral Board will print 30 copies of the Election Returns in the following sequence:
The EB prints out the first 8 copies of the Election Returns.
The EB then transmits the election results.
After transmission, the EB then prints out an additional 22 copies of the election returns.
Who are entitled to election returns?
Dominant majority party – One of the first 8 copies of the election returns.
Dominant minority party – One of the first 8 copies of the election returns.
10 major national political parties – one of the 22 copies of the election returns printed after transmission.
Local major political party – one of the 22 copies of the election returns printed after transmission.
Which political parties are required to be given a copy of the election return?
Dominant majority party – PDP Laban.
Dominant minority party – Nacionalista Party.
Eight major political parties (party watchers are entitled to election returns for the whole country)
- LAKAS CMD
- AKSYON DEMOKRATIKO
Major local parties (meaning they will be given a copy of the Election Returns ONLY in the area designated)
- Arangkada San Joseno – for San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan
- Asesno Manileño Movement – for the City of Manila
- Bileg Party – for the province of Ilocos Sur
- Hugpong ng Pagbababgo – for Region XI
- Hiugpong ng Tawong Lungsod – for Davao City
- Kabalikat ng Bayan sa Kaunlaran – for NCR
- Malayang Kilusan ng Mamamayang Zambaleño – for the Province of Zambales
- Partido Abe Kapampangan – for Angeles City
- Partido Novateño – for Navotas City
- Serbisyo ng Bayan Party – for Quezon City
- Sulong Dignidad – for Makati City
- Unang Sigaw – for the province of Nueva Ecija
Am I allowed to bring a sample ballot inside the polling booth?
Yes. Voters can bring a printed sample ballot if they want, as long as there is no campaign propaganda printed on the sample ballot.