By NITZ ARANCON
THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) is expecting at least 80 percent of the city’s 345 thousand voters to troop to various polling precincts here today in order to chose their new set of leaders.
Ramil Acol, city elections officer, said the Comelec has been anticipating a big turnout of voters in the city where the election is hotly contested.
“Makakuha lang tag mga 80 percent turnout, maayo na kayo,” said Acol.
Meanwhile, Acol said the Comelec has decided to reconfigure four of the 401 SD cards for vote-counting machines after these were found to be defective Friday.
Acol said the SD cards are intended to be used in barangays Baikingon, Indahag, Puntod and Macabalan.
The SD card, he said, were reconfigured by technicians who were assigned by the Comelec to this city. The technicians, he said, suspect the SD cards had factory defects.
In another development, the regional and division offices of the Department of Education (Deped) led in the rollout of Facebook Workplace and election monitoring apps ahead of the May 13 midterm elections.
This came after Education Undersecretary Alain del Bustamante Pascua, who supervises Deped’s Administrative Service, directed the ICT Service and all regional and division IT officers to assist all the concerned offices from the central to school levels.
Pascua said the Comelec has authorized them to roll out and use the Facebook Workplace and Deped election monitoring apps to ensure compliance of the latter’s personnel with their election duties.
He said this is in accordance with Deped Memorandum No. 052 series of 2019 which establishes the 2019 Deped Election Task Force.
To use the Facebook Workplace app, Deped personnel should register at Workplace using their personal Deped e-mail addresses. The app would serve as the official communication platform.
“The Information Technology Officers (ITOs) will be assisting all concerned in the creation of resetting of their Deped email addresses, and in registering at Workplace,” Pascua said.
Teachers and personnel serving in the Electoral Boards (EBs) and the members of the Election Task Forces can download the monitoring apps at http://electionmonitoring.deped.gov.ph
Pascua said the monitoring apps will be used to answer queries, and file reports on incidents before and after the May 13 national and local polls.
“The success of the monitoring of the elections vis-a-vis the immediate and appropriate response on welfare, working conditions, honoraria and allowances, including other Deped related issues and concerns would greatly depend of the timely utilization of the monitoring application,” he said. (with Mart Sambalud of Mindanews)