Several readers have emailed me to ask who I would be voting for next Monday. Have you seen the sample ballots? OMG, they are unwieldy to say the least. And you can’t mark them in any significant way, fold them, crumple them, etc. or it may not be accepted by the counting machines. I certainly hope it goes smoothly, but I am realistically skeptical, to say the least. It’s hard enough to keep the automatic parking ticket dispensers at major malls operating properly more than 95% of the time, what more a one-off massive technology dependent exercise used by 40 million different individuals! So here is my list so far. I hope you all develop your own lists and get out and vote next Monday!
President – AQUINO, Noynoy (LP)
Vice-President – ROXAS, Mar (LP)
Senators (in alphabetical order)
1. ACOSTA, Nereus (LP)
2. BAUTISTA, Martin (LP)
3. BIAZON, Rozzano (LP)
4. DE VENECIA, Jose (PMP)
5. GUINGONA, Teofisto (LP)
6. HONTIVEROS-BARAQUEL, Ana (LP)
7. LACSON, Alex (LP)
8. OSMENA, Sergio (LP)
9. ROCO, Sonia (LP)
10. TAMANO, Adel (NP)
I only have 10 senators selected at this point. I also support CAYETANO, Pia (NP), DRILON, Franklin (LP) but since they are so solidly up there in the polls, I figure I might give those votes to others who may not be in the clear top 12 at this point. I am still trying to figure out my last two slots, but will probably be choosing between LAO, Yasmin (LP), OSMENA, Lito (PROMDI), RECTO, Ralph (LP), and even thinking about LIM, Danilo (IND/LP?)…
I haven’t gotten to local officials or party list yet. Yipes. Whoever you have on your list, remember to get out and vote. And let’s all hope it is a relatively clean and peaceful elections.
Here is more information from the local COMELEC office:
1. Know your precinct number, polling place (classroom or area) at the polling center. Or look it up online at www.comelec.gov.ph
2. Bring a valid I.D. or two to be sure.
3. Bring your list of candidates that you intend to vote for to make things simpler.
Things you need to do at the polling center (this is my translation from Pilipino, it may not be completely accurate, but you get the gist):
1. Proceed to your polling place.
2. Look for your name on the posted voter’s list outside your polling place.
3. Take note or remember the number in front of your name or sequence number
4. Approach the table with your election official, who has the lists, and give your sequence number
5. Get your ballot and vote in the designated areas. Take care not to fold, blemish, otherwise mark your ballot other than the ovals in front of the candidates names…
6. After filling in your votes, head to the PCOS machine (guarding your ballot from others who want to crush it… sorry, that bit I added for levity)
7. Once the ballot has been entered, head back to the election officials who will put indelible ink on your finger
Things to remember:
Fill the ovals in completely directly in front of the candidate’s name
You can vote for less than the number of officials (e.g., vote only for 10 senators) but you CANNOT vote for more than the maximum number, and your ballot will be null and void.
Don’t fold or crumple the ballot in any way.
Don’t add any other marks, stains, etc. to the ballot.
And if I may add, closely inspect the ballot given to you in the first place for unusual marks, specks, blotches, etc. which might void your effort before you even select your candidates! Good luck!