All set for Barangay Elections 2013
When voting starts at 7 a.m. Monday, voters will choose one barangay chairman and seven barangay kagawads in each of the 42,028 barangays.
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) already said that they expect to proclaim winners within 24 hours except in big barangays.
“Our estimate is that most of the precincts will be finished with their canvassing and proclamation within 24 hours. Those that will be left are the bigger barangays,” Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes said in an interview.
The canvassing of votes in voting centers will take place once the voting ends at 3 p.m.
Brillantes also expects a high voter turnout in Monday’s elections compared to the 76 percent turnout in the May 13 midterm polls.
“It should be higher than the May 13 elections. We expect this election to have 79 to 80 percent voter turnout since the race is more intimate,” he said.
There are 54,051,626 registered voters in this village polls that have been designated to vote in 36,768 voting centers housing 170,603 clustered precincts nationwide.
Earlier, the poll body announced that they are also opening four SM Accessible Polling Places for persons with disabilities (PWDs) and senior citizens in Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao and NCR (National Capital Region).
A total of 226 PWDs and elderly Barangay 659 in the 5th District of Manila (37 voters); Barangay Sabang, Lipa City in Batangas (44); Barangay Mabolo, Cebu City (77); and Barangay Lagao, General Santos City (68) have agreed to participate in the pilot testing.
They shall be able to vote in SM City Manila instead of Manuel Araullo High School; Batangas in SM City Lipa instead of GB Lontok Elementary School; Cebu in SM City Cebu instead of Mabolo Elementary School; and General Santos City in SM City General Santos in lieu of Lagao Central School.
There will also be detainee voting in 190 barangays nationwide. This is for those confined in jail after being formally charged for any crime/s and awaiting/undergoing trial; and those serving a sentence of imprisonment for less than one year.
The special detainee polling places are established in detention centers/jail facility with at least 50 registered detainee voters and shall be manned by the Special Board of Election Inspectors (SBEI).
Based on Comelec Resolution No. 9715, prohibited acts during Election Day are vote-buying and vote-selling; soliciting of votes within the polling place or within 30 meters of its premises; opening of stalls for the selling of merchandise or refreshments within 30 meters of the polling place; giving and/or accepting of free drinks, food, transportation or anything of value; selling, serving, buying intoxicating liquor; and holding of fairs, cockfights, boxing, horse races or other similar sports.