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54M go to polls

  • Written by Mia B. Billones
  • Published in Nation
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OVER 54 million voters will troop to polling precincts today to cast their votes for national and local positions.

Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Andres Bautista said there will be a total of 92,509 clustered precincts to accommodate the 54,363,329 registered voters for the 2016 polls.

The number is higher than the 52,014,648 registered voters during the 2013 midterm elections.

Bautista also hoped that candidates will respect whoever wins the elections.

Today’s polls will elect the president and vice president; 12 senators; 59 party-lists; 238 members of the House of Representatives; 81 governors and vice governors; 776 members of Sangguniang Panlalawigan; 1,634 mayors and vice mayors; 13,540 members of Sangguniang Panlungsod/Pambayan; the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao governor and vice governor; and 24 ARMM regional assemblymen.
    
Bautista said there are 44,872 candidates vying for these positions.
    
The poll body, national police and armed forces have reiterated their commitment not to engage in partisan politics.
 
“We have prepared long and hard for this election. We are aiming for credible elections and a smooth transition of power,” Bautista said.
    
Bautista also assured the public that they have already restored the system of all the four security features of the vote counting machines.
 
“We have supplemented all the safeguards that are provided for under Republic Act 8436 as amended by Republic Act 9369, including the ultraviolet lamps, digital signatures, source code review and the vote verifiable audit trail,” he added.

FAKE PRE-MARKED BALLOTS
   
All systems are go for today’s May 9 elections.
   
Thus said Malacanang  even as the Commission on Elections rejected claims of so-called  pre-marked ballots with a pink line code—which will allegedly count votes of other presidential and vice presidential candidates in favor of administration bets Mar Roxas II and Ma. Leonor “Leni” Robredo.
   
Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said that such ballots are fake and were “clearly photoshopped”
   
A viral Facebook post by a certain Mbaid Nayre first reported that ballots with a pink line code will count votes for Roxas and Robredo.
   
“Sa mga Botante: If u see with light pink color line on your ballot form. Pls ask BEI to change that because that is already Mar-Leni, even u vote other presidentiables. Pls pass. God bless po sa ating lahat…..” she said.
   
Nayre’s post has been shared by more than 48,000 users as of this writing.