Police may be deputized as election tellers — Comelec
Even policemen may be deputized as Board of Election Tellers (BETs) during the October 28 Barangay polls.
Commission on Elections (Comelec) Spokesman James Jimenez said this usually happens when there are security concerns in an area.
“If there are security concerns, usually, we request for an augmentation of forces,” he said in an interview.
In an earlier interview, Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes said they have the authority to deputize everybody during elections.
“Under the Constitution the commission has the authority to deputize any and all government employees,” he said.
“Even the military we can deputize,” added Brillantes.
Comelec Commissioner Lucenito Tagle, in an earlier interview, also said that in case public school teachers refuse to serve during elections, they’ll resort to other personalities just like what they do in Mindanao.
“We will be forced to resort to other personalities. What we do in Mindanao is when they refuse to serve, we just get from the police,” he said.
The Comelec in Resolution 9751 said the BET shall be composed of a chairman and two members, all of whom should be public school teachers with preference to those who have served in the May 13 polls.
“In case there are not enough public school teachers, teachers in private school, employees in the civil service, or other citizens of known probity and competence who are registered voters of the city/municipality may be appointed for election duty,” the resolution read.