By ADELA DEYAEN WAYAS
BAGUIO CITY — In an interview on September 23, Election Officer Atty. Modesto Bahul said the Commission on Election here is ready for the coming barangay elections on October 25.
Bahul said that the list of voters is ready and just waiting for the papers from the national office to print the Election Day Computerized Voters List (EDCVL). The EDCVL is the list of voters to be used on the day of election, he added.
Atty Bahul said the coming barangay election will not be automated. He said that this election would go back to the manual process.
He explained “ it would be very costly if the barangay election is going to be automated.” He added that there were no transmissions system available which is a very crucial part when in the national election.” Personally, I do not see the need of automated election, “ he said.
On the other hand, Bahul said that clustering of precincts is different from the past manual elections. He said there would be 400 voters in one cluster which would mean a longer line of voters unlike the previous elections.
Meanwhile, there would be an increase in the numbers of teachers in the election because the number of clusters increased from 221 to 469, he said.
Bahul explained clustering the barangay would lessen the cost and the labor.
From the data given by Bahul, the total number of voters rose to 145, 964 expected to troop to 56 voting centers.
He said the voting will start at seven in the morning till three in the afternoon.
He also reiterated that the counting shall be done inside the classroom and the results and other election paraphernalia shall be passed to the City Treasurer’s at the Convention Center. “Canvassing and proclamation shall be in the barangay, “ he said. # nordis.net