Comelec extends voting period for May 2019 polls by an hour

MANILA -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has extended by one hour the period of casting votes for the May 13, 2019 elections, making it end at 6 p.m. instead of the usual 5 p.m.

This is contained in the 49-page Comelec Resolution No. 10460 or the General Instructions for the Electoral Boards issued on Dec. 6, 2018, regarding the process of voting, counting, and transmission of election results in the upcoming national and local elections.

The casting of votes shall be from 6 o'clock in the morning up to 6 o' clock in the evening of Election Day, the poll body said.

It noted that voters, who are within 30 meters from the polling place by 6 p.m. on election day, would still be allowed to cast their votes, provided that they are listed on the list prepared by a poll employee.

The poll clerk shall promptly prepare a complete list in duplicate, containing the names of said voters, numbered consecutively. The voters so listed shall be called to vote by the poll clerk by announcing near the door of polling place, in a tone loud enough to be heard throughout the polling place, each name three times in the order in which they are listed, the Resolution said.

Any voter in the list who is not present or does not respond when called shall no longer be allowed to vote. The said list shall be attached to the Minutes, it added.

With this, Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez on Saturday noted that the Commission decided to extend for another hour the casting of votes to allow more people to participate in the polls.

To accommodate voters. 1,000 maximum voters/one vote counting machine (VCM), so we're anticipating that there might be some queuing, he said in a text message.

In the May 2016 national and local elections, the voting period was from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. (PNA)

Source: Philippine News Agency

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