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Dumaguete City, Philippines Saturday, February 6, 2016
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Comelec commissioner confirms
possible voting in shopping malls

Commission on Elections commissioner Christian Lim has confirmed plans by the poll body to conduct voting at pre-identified shopping malls in the country in the May 9 synchronized polls.

He made the announcement to more than 300 participants from the Visayas in the two-day voters' education and election monitoring trainings at the Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila.

The trainings on One Good Vote voters' education and the Automated Election System are simultaneously carried out by the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting, headed by Ambassador Henrietta De Villa.

Lim said the idea is to identify and transfer certain voting precincts to accredited shopping malls to allow ease of access, especially for persons-with-disabilities. If these voting precincts are near a mall, then we will transfer them there, he added.

Public hearings are being held in selected pilot areas nationwide to determine whether the idea is welcome to the voters, Lim said, adding that both regular and PWD voters of an entire voting precinct will be transferred.

In Dumaguete, the city Comelec, headed by Gildu Agoncillo, will hold the public hearing 1-3 p.m. today at Robinsons mall.

The public hearing will discuss the proposed transfer of the polling place of Precinct Nos. 105A, 105B, 106A, 106B, 107A, 107B, and 108B, from the Dumaguete City High School to Robinsons, Msgr. Julius Heruela, who was invited to send a representative, said.

Agoncillo, in his letter to Heruela, convenor of the Diocesan Electoral Board of the Diocese of Dumaguete, said the public hearing shall be summary in nature.

All oppositions to the transfer must be made in writing, stating the reason/s thereof and submitted to the city Comelec on the date of the hearing, otherwise it shall be deemed waive, Agoncillo said.

Lim said that if the idea of transferring some voting precincts to a mall will be successful in the May 9 elections, then the poll body might just implement the same in more areas in the future.*JFP


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