San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora expressed his gratitude on Saturday to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for choosing the city as the host for its mock elections in preparation for the 2021 national polls.
The mock election was held at the San Juan Elementary School, which has the largest number of voting precincts in the city.
“Ikinagagalak ko pong mapili ng Comelec ang San Juan City para isagawa ang mock elections, isang karangalan po na isa sa mga naging dahilan po nito ay ang ating mataas na vaccination rate dito sa ating lungsod, patunay po na ang San Juan City ay isa sa pinakaligtas na lungsod dahil tayo po ang kauna-unahang nakakamit ng herd immunity (I am very happy for the Comelec’s decision in choosing San Juan City to host its mock elections. It is such a great honor for us because one of the reasons for making the said decision is the city’s high vaccination rate. It is a proof that San Juan City is one of the safest cities because we are the very first city to achieve herd immunity),” Zamora said.
San Juan achieved herd immunity on Oct. 10.
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The mock elections, which is required under Republic Act No. 9369, will test and ensure the security features, accuracy and functional capability of all the elements of voter registration verification system (VRVS), the vote counting machines (VCMs), transmission devices, and the consolidation and canvassing systems.
The Comelec will then make the implementing guidelines for the elections in May based on their observation during the mock elections, also taking into consideration the behavior of the participating voters, and the health and safety protocols.
“This process is really important for all of us not only for the Comelec but for all the stakeholders, the local government units (LGUs), the election officers and staff, the school officials and the voters because the elections next year is entirely different from all the other elections in the past, we are under a pandemic so extra precautionary measures should be in place for the safety of the people,” Zamora said.