Have you chosen your president among candidates Vice President Jojo Binay, Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, Sen. Grace Poe and Sec. Mar Roxas?
Let ABS-CBN and the Commission on Elections’ (Comelec) Comelec Halalan app help you. The latest version of the app boasts the following features: a News section that provides the latest election-related news from ABS-CBN News; a My Status section that presents the user’s complete registration data after inputting his or her basic information; a Results page that shows the status of election-related reports or complaints sent by the user through Boto Mo, iPatrol Mo (BMPM); and a Halalan 101 section that features infographics, quotes and facts about the elections developed by ABS-CBN News Digital.
A Candidates page also gives basic information on the candidates. Pressing the check button beside their names will save these on the My Ballot page, which may serve as the voter’s personal short list of preferred candidates.
The app, which can be downloaded for free on the App Store and Google Play, is part of ABS-CBN’s Halalan 2016: “Ipanalo ang Pamilyang Pilipino” campaign.
Meanwhile, here are some things to remember on election day according to the Comelec:
The precincts will be open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Bring your IDs. Valid governmentissued IDs include driver’s license, SSS/ GSIS, PRC, passport, senior citizen’s ID, postal ID, NBI/police clearance, voter’s ID, TIN card and firearms license. Cedula or community tax certificates will not be honored.
Look for your name in the precinct’s posted computerized voter’s list. Note your precinct number and sequence number, which you will then give to the board of election inspector (BEI). You will be handed a marker and a ballot in a ballot secrecy folder. Make sure the latter is completely free of defacements or markings. It should also bear the BEI’s signature.
Use the marking pen to shade the oval beside the name of your candidate. Keep the ballot as free of stains and extraneous markings as possible. Do not “overvote” or shade more names than the number required for each position. For example, you may vote for no more than 12 senators. “Undervoting,” however, is allowed.
Insert your ballot in the vote counting machine (VCM) and return the pen and folder to the BEI. The VCM will print a voter’s receipt indicating your choices. Before turning it over, the BEI will place ink on your finger.
Check the receipt and drop it into the voter’s receipt receptacle. If you notice any discrepancies, affix your signature at the back of the receipt; the BEI will note down the issues and attach your signed voter’s receipt to his or her report.
Do not bring the ballot, folder, pen and voter’s receipt outside of the polling place. At the same time, cameras, cellphones and similar devices are not allowed in the vicinity.