MANILA - The first voters from Barangay Bahay Toro in Quezon City have begun to arrive at the Toro Hills Elementary School as part of the mock elections being held across the country ahead of the midterm polls.
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said 1,000 registered voters from a polling precinct in the village were invited to join the mock polls, which opened at 6 a.m. and will last until 6 p.m.
Rebecca Buena, 57, the first to cast her vote, was also the first to use the Voter Registration Verification System or VRVS before being given her ballot.
Buena's name was quickly verified after she placed her thumb on the machine's scanner.
However, it was unable to print out the receipt of the voter's registration due to connection problems with the receipt printer.
Buena, who said she has not missed past elections, said the new gadget helped speed up the voting process and would be helpful in the coming polls.
The test precincts in Manila and Quezon City are among those trying out the VRVS in the mock polls.
Persons with disability and senior citizens were also among early bird voters at the Toro Hills school.
The mock ballots contain choices for senatorial, partylist and local posts from representative to city council member.
The list of mock candidates includes athletes like Kobe Bryant and Rafael Nadal, as well as music groups, sports teams, and humorously named parties.
Six teachers from the elementary school acted as the board of election inspectors and a support group.
Election watchers from the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) and Kontra Daya meanwhile helped check the vote counting machine when it was tested and documented the process.
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