How to vote on May 13

Similar to what happened three years ago, the voting system in the Philippines will once again be put to the ultimate test as the 2013 Philippine General Elections gets underway.

GUIDE: How to use the PCOS Machine

Just like in the 2010 general elections, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) will once again use the Smartmatic Company’s automated PCOS voting machines; and so the responsibility lies with these machines, which will be utilized for counting the votes of all the registered voters of the Philippines.

How to vote?

Here is a simple step-by-step guide:
1. Draft a list of candidates you want to vote for.
2. Bring Voter's Id. If none bring any valid Id.
3. Precinct opens 7 a.m. and closes 7 p.m.
4. Upon arriving at the precinct, look for your name in the Precint Computerized Voters' List (PCVL)
5. Get your ballot, official Comelec marking pen, and ballot secrecy folder from the board of Election Inspectors:
6. Look for the names of the candidates you want to vote for.
7. The ballot also contains how many you should vote for in every position.
8. Mark or shade the oval beside the name of your candidate.
9. Ensure that you have completely and wholly marked the oval, and that you have not exceeded the border of the oval.
10. Do not overvote. Your vote in the particular position contested will be invalidated.
11. While voting, cover your ballot with the ballot secrecy folder.
12. Avoid talking while voting.
13. Bringing camera and cellphone is prohibited.
14. You are not supposed to bring out the election paraphernalia.
15. Tampering with the ballot is prohibited
16. After voting, approach the PCOS machine or the Precinct Count Optical Scand machine.
17. Feed your ballot onto the ballot feeder.
18. Have your right foreginger nail marked with indelible ink.

Frequently Asked Questions

When will Eleksyon 2013 be held?
May 13, 2013 (Monday)

What time will voting precincts be open?
Precincts will be open from 7 AM to 7 PM. Voters are advised to come to the polling areas early. Each precinct may serve up to 1,000 voters.

Who can vote?
Active registered voters, meaning newly-registered voters and existing voters who were able to cast their ballots in the last two elections, will be allowed to vote.
 Note: A voter's registration is deactivated when he or she fails to vote in two (2) "successive preceding regular elections." In this case, if you were unable to vote during the 2010 Barangay Elections, and the 2010 National and Local Elections, you are now considered a deactivated voter who should have filed for reactivation during the registration period.

How do I find my assigned precinct?
Check the Comelec website's Precinct Finder. The Comelec also encourages registered voters to confirm their status and precincts with their respective local offices.

Who are in charge of the voting process in the precinct?
Each precinct/cluster precinct has a Board of Election Inspectors (BEI) composed of a Chairman and two members, one of whom shall be designated as poll clerk.

Can I bring my cellphone inside the voting area?
Yes, cellular phones are allowed inside the voting area, but voters are not allowed to use them at any time.

What do I do if my name is not on the voters’ list?
You may ask for assistance from the desks of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), the accredited citizen’s arm of the Comelec in the elections.

Is it necessary to have my voter's ID on election day?
No, a voter’s ID is not required. You may present any valid ID such as a passport, driver’s license, or any other government-issued ID (SSS, GSIS, Postal ID). For students, a valid school ID will do.

What if I don’t have any ID with me?
The list of voters with the BEI will have photos and other details derived from the biometrics record.
If you come to your precinct without an ID and you still do not have biometric information with Comelec, a fellow registered voter in that precinct — or even a member of the BEI — can vouch for you. This will be put on the record, so your name as a voter will have that annotation that you were identified by another registered voter in the precinct.

Can I bring kodigo inside the voting area?
Yes. To save time, voters are encouraged to bring a sheet of paper with a list of their selected candidates. Sample ballots distributed by campaigners, however, are not allowed.

Can I get another ballot if I fill one out wrong?
No. Only one ballot is allowed for each voter.

Will anyone be there to assist persons with disabilities (PWDs) and senior citizens?
Board of Election Inspectors may give assistance to PWDs, senior citizens, and illiterate voters. Relatives of persons with disabilities are also allowed to aid them in voting.


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